Honor or Honour | Meaning, Spelling & Examples
The spelling varies depending on whether you’re using UK or US English:
- In US English, “honor” (no “u”) is standard.
- In UK English, “honour” (with a “u”) is the correct spelling.
Honoured or honored
The same spelling distinction carries over to related words, such as “honoured/honored” and “honourable/honorable.”
- In US English, “honored” and “honorable” (no “u”) are standard.
- In UK English, “honoured” and “honourable” (with a “u”) are correct.
While “honour” is the standard spelling in UK English, the related adjective honorary (meaning “given in recognition of achievement without the usual requirements”) is used in both US and UK English. This is also the case for “honorific” and “honorarium.” Spelling these words with “-our-” is always wrong.
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