Renown vs Honor – What’s the difference?

Renown vs Honor - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between renown and honor is that renown is fame; celebrity; wide recognition while honor is .





  • Fame; celebrity; wide recognition.
  • * Dryden
  • Nor envy we thy great renown , nor grudge thy victory.
  • * 1922 , (James Joyce), ” Episode 12, ”The Cyclops
  • There sleep the mighty dead as in life they slept, warriors and princes of high renown .
  • Reports of nobleness or exploits; praise.
  • * Shakespeare
  • This famous duke of Milan, / Of whom so often I have heard renown .

    See also

    * renowned



    (wikipedia honor )

    Alternative forms

    * honour


  • (uncountable) Recognition of importance or value; respect; veneration (of someone, usually for being morally upright and/or competent).
  • The crowds gave the returning general much honor and praise.
  • * The King James Bible, Matthew 13.57:
  • A prophet is not without honour , save in his own country.
  • (uncountable) The state of being morally upright, honest, noble, virtuous, and magnanimous; excellence of character; the perception of such a state; favourable reputation; dignity.
  • He was a most perfect knight, for he had great honor and chivalry.
    His honor was unstained.
  • (countable) A token of praise or respect; something that represents praiseworthiness or respect, such as a prize or award given by the state to a citizen.
  • Honors are normally awarded twice a year: on The Queen’s Birthday in June and at the New Year.
    He wore an honor on his breast.
    military honors”’; civil ”’honors
    Audie Murphy received many honors , such as the Distinguished Service Cross.
  • * (rfdate ), Dryden:
  • their funeral honors
  • A privilege.
  • I had the honour of dining with the ambassador.
  • (in the plural) The privilege of going first.
  • I’ll let you have the honours , Bob—go ahead.
  • # (golf) The right to play one’s ball before one’s opponent.
  • A cause of respect and fame; a glory; an excellency; an ornament.
  • He is an honour to his nation.
  • (feudal law) A seigniory or lordship held of the king, on which other lordships and manors depended.
  • (Cowell)
  • (heraldry, countable) The center point of the upper half of an armorial escutcheon.
  • (countable, card games) In bridge, an ace, king, queen, jack, or ten especially of the trump suit. In some other games, an ace, king, queen or jack.
  • (in the plural) (Courses for) an honours degree: a university qualification of the highest rank.
  • At university I took honours in modern history.


    * chivalry
    * glory
    * gentlemanliness

    Derived terms

    * debt of honour, debt of honor
    * dishonour, dishonor
    * dishonourable, dishonorable
    * honourable, honorable
    * honourary, honorary
    * honour code, honor code
    * honourific, honorific
    * honour guard, honor guard
    * honour system, honor system
    * honours degree, honors degree
    * Hons
    * in honour of, in honor of


    (en verb )

  • To think of highly, to respect highly; to show respect for; to recognise the importance or spiritual value of.
  • The freedom fighters will be forever remembered and honored by the people.
  • To conform to, abide by, act in accordance with (an agreement, treaty, promise, request, or the like).
  • I trusted you, but you have not honored your promise.
    refuse to honor the test ban treaty
  • To confer (bestow) an honour or privilege upon (someone).
  • Ten members of the profession were honored at the ceremony.
    The prince honored me with an invitation to his birthday banquet.
  • To make payment in respect of (a cheque, banker’s draft etc).
  • I’m sorry Sir, but the bank did not honour your cheque.


    * (l) (verb)


    * despise
    * contempt

    Derived terms

    * dishonor, dishonour