Honourable

(AmE Honorable)
1. the Honourable (written abbr the Hon) (in Britain) a title placed before the names of various members of the peerage, including the children of barons and viscounts and the daughters and younger sons of earls:

the Honourable Mrs Shand Kydd.

2. (in Britain) used by Members of Parliament when speaking to or about another member during a debate, even when they are criticizing one another:

I refer you to the answer given earlier by the Honourable Member for Chesterfield.

I disagree with my Honourable Friend the member for Bolsover.

3. (in the US) a title of respect used before the names of certain important officials, but not when speaking to or about them. They include members of Congress, the US Attorney General, members of the Supreme Court, other judges, members of the President’s Cabinet, US ambassadors, state governors and mayors:

the Honorable Alan Simpson, US Senator.

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Universalium. 2010.

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