another word for last place in a contest or race, also used for a position very near last place. it is often used by the family and friends of the "mentioned" as they congratulate his/her effort
Person 1: "Poor Stan recieved an honorable mention in the local marathon."
Person 2: "Really? He was running all around the neighborhood for the past month in his new Addidas clothes..."
Person: "Mary! How did that chili competition go?"
Mary: "I did pretty well, the judges seemed to love it, and I recieved an honorable mention."