from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Conferring or showing respect or honor.
- n. A title, phrase, or grammatical form conveying respect, used especially when addressing a social superior.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A title. (i.e., Mister, Misses, Doctor, Professor)
- n. A term of respect; respectful language.
- adj. Showing or conferring honour and respect.
- adj. Based on or valuing honor
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Conferring honor; tending to honor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Conferring honor; importing respect or deference.
- n. A word or syllable used as a mere honorific term: as, for example, in the languages of China and Japan, kwei, honorable, kao, eminent, lao, venerable, go, imperial, o, great or august, used for the second and third personal pronouns when speaking to or of another: as, kwei kwoh, your (honorable) country; go sei mei, your (imperial) name, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an expression of respect
- adj. conferring or showing honor or respect
Latin honōrificus : honor, honōr-, honor + -ficus, -fic.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)