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honour (British English) also: honor (American English)
British English: /ˈɒnə/
American English: /ˈɑnər/

Translation of honour in French:


  • 1 (privilege) to consider something a great honour
    considérer quelque chose comme un grand honneur
    place of honour it is an honour (for somebody) to do to have the honour of doing to give somebody ou do somebody the honour of doing
    faire à quelqu'un l'honneur de faire
    to be an honour to somebody/something
    faire honneur à quelqu'un/quelque chose
    in honour of somebody/something
    en l'honneur de quelqu'un/quelque chose
    to what do I owe this honour? (formal or ironic)
    que me vaut cet honneur?
    [formal] ou [ironic]
    buried with full honours
    enterré avec les honneurs suprêmes
  • 2 (high principles) a man of honour
    un homme d'honneur
    to impugn somebody's honour
    mettre en doute l'honneur de quelqu'un
    a point/an affair of honour
    un point/une affaire d'honneur
    honour is satisfied
    l'honneur est satisfait
    to give one's word of honour
    donner sa parole d'honneur
    in honour
    en tout honneur
    to be on one's honour to do
    être engagé sur l'honneur à faire
    I swear it (up)on my honour (dated) ouhonour bright (dated)!
    je le jure sur mon honneur (dated)!
  • 3 (in titles) See examples: Your Honour
    Votre Honneur

also: honours plural noun

  • 1 (University)to graduate with honours
    réussir sa licence avec mention
    first/second class honours
    licence avec mention très bien/bien
  • 2 (in cards)

transitive verb

  • 1 (show respect for)
    (parents, spouse, dead, hero, artist, guest, leader, flag)
    to feel/be honoured
    se sentir/être honoré
    by par
    we would be honoured
    nous serions honorés
    I feel ou am honoured that she trusts me
    sa confiance m'honore
    to honour somebody by doing
    faire l'honneur à quelqu'un de faire
    welcome to our honoured guests
    bienvenue à nos honorables invités
  • 2 (fulfil, be bound by)
    (cheque, contract, debt, obligation, signature, terms)
    (promise, commitment)
    (agreement, arrangement)


there is honour among thieves

to do the honours

(serve food, drinks)
faire les honneurs
(introduce guests)

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