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honorable mention

A recognition or citation of merit given to a contestant, exhibition, entry, etc., in a competition despite that person or thing not being awarded a prize or top honor. Primarily heard in US. My short story did not win a top place in the writing competition, but being given an honorable mention still gives me great pride.
See also: mention
References in classic literature ?
If not, I have three very worthy squires, any one of whom would take the thing upon himself, and debate it with you in a very honorable way.
quoth the knight, "but this is a passing strange sight, and perchance some very perilous and honorable venture may arise from it.
The Honorable Geoffrey answered, modestly, "I should say I did.
The Honorable Geoffrey started, and looked furtively at the visitors about him.
Josh Abad and Hector Macias were second team and Josh Wolf was an honorable mention selection.
Remarks The Honorable Steny Hoyer Parliamentarian of the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention Democratic Whip and Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland Andrew Tobias Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee Alice Germond Secretary of the Democratic National Committee
Other LAWPC girls honored were: Meredith Butte (16U, honorable mention), Casey Flacks (14U, first team), Rachel Robinson (14U, second team), Colleen O'Donnell (12U, first team), off
Honorable Mention: Telecommunications Report, Telecommunications Reports International Inc.
HYDERABAD, India -- The Honorable Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy inaugurated ISA Vision Summit 2007, the only international business conference for the semiconductor and electronics design industry today.
At this year's Awards Gala, the Presidential Award will be presented to The Honorable Joaquin Castro, United States House of Representatives; and the Legislative Award will be bestowed upon The Honorable Luz Robles, Utah State Senator.
Honorable Mention: Material Spt Ctr, 19th TSC, Camp Carroll, Korea
Honorable Mention; Amanda DeCamp, Bovis Lend Lease LMB Recipient; Michael Pepi, Bovis Lend Lease LMB Honorable Mention; Marissa Accardi, Cauldwell Wingate Company, Inc.
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Best Enterprise Deployment - Landmark* Honorable Mention: Penton, GrayMatter for AIA Bhd.
Honorable Mention: Army Institute of Research, Walter Reed Medical Center, MD