Definition of honours list in English:

honours list

noun

  • A publicly issued list of people and the distinctions they are to be awarded, especially (in the UK) a list of awards and titles conferred by the sovereign at certain times of the year.

    ‘the New Year's Honours List’
    • ‘Under a centuries-old rule, only the prime minister has the authority to specify the particular make-up of the honours list.’
    • ‘Also on the honours list was retired Bolton detective Mohammed Shafiq who was awarded a Queen's Police medal.’
    • ‘But the 82-year-old was quite happy to settle for a Commander of the British Empire award from the Queen in her birthday honours list last week.’
    • ‘He left a message for me and then he asked me to buy a newspaper when the honours list was published.’
    • ‘When his knighthood was announced in the birthday honours list in June, he paid tribute to the people who work for the charities he has supported.’
    • ‘This just highlights how absurd the honours list now is.’
    • ‘The honours list also featured the first Victoria Cross to be awarded in more than 20 years, going to Pte Johnson Beharry of the 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.’
    • ‘A health and safety campaigner from a Keighley voluntary organisation has been awarded an MBE in the honours list.’
    • ‘Just who will top the honours list this year is eagerly awaited.’
    • ‘Anthony Climpson, 52, tourism and publicity officer for New Forest District Council, appeared on the honours list for his unstinting efforts over the last 17 years.’
    • ‘Pensioner Joyce Smith was awarded an MBE in the New Year's honours list for her services to the Durrington community.’
    • ‘Two senior health professionals living in Ilkley were on the honours list.’
    • ‘The honours list includes a knighthood for another leading figure in the media world, Bob Phillis, who is chief executive of the Guardian Media Group.’
    • ‘Forty-two per cent of the 424 people in the 2003 honours list had been nominated or supported by members of the public.’