Legion of Honor


Legion of Honor
(Légion d'honneur)
   The Legion of Honor was an order established on May 19, 1802, by napoléon i with the intention of recognizing outstanding achievements in military or civil life. The first consul was the head of the order, and a decree of July 11, 1804, instituted the Legion of Honor's national decoration. The legion presently comprises five classes of awards. In descending order of distinction, they are grand cross, grand officer, commander, officer, and chevalier. The president of the republic serves as grand master, and the order is conferred on both women and men, either French or foreign.

France. A reference guide from Renaissance to the Present . 1884.

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  • Legión de Honor — Legión de Honor, la más conocida e importante de las condecoraciones francesas, establecida por Napoleón I. La orden se concede a hombres y mujeres, ya sean franceses o extranjeros, por méritos extraordinarios realizados dentro del ámbito civil o …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Legion of honor — Legion Le gion (l[=e] j[u^]n), n. [OE. legioun, OF. legion, F. l[ e]gion, fr. L. legio, fr. legere to gather, collect. See {Legend}.] 1. (Rom. Antiq.) A body of foot soldiers and cavalry consisting of different numbers at different periods, from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Legion of Honor — n. 1. a French honorary society founded in 1802 by Napoleon for recognition of distinguished military or civil service 2. the decoration given to those receiving such recognition …   English World dictionary

  • Legión de Honor — Para otros usos de este término, véase Legión de Honor (desambiguación). Légion d Honneur Legión de Honor en grado de Oficial (versión republicana). Otorgada por Francia …   Wikipedia Español

  • Legion of Honor — a French order of distinction instituted in 1802 by Napoleon with membership being granted for meritorious civil or military services. [trans. of F Légion d honneur] * * * …   Universalium

  • Legion of Honor — Le′gion of Hon′or n. mil a French order of distinction for meritorious civil or military services • Etymology: trans. of F Légion d honneur …   From formal English to slang

  • Legion of Honor — a French order of distinction instituted in 1802 by Napoleon with membership being granted for meritorious civil or military services. [trans. of F Légion d honneur] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Legion of Honor — Date: 1827 a French order conferred as a reward for civil or military merit …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Legion of Honor — honorary society set up by Napoleon to reward those who give great service to France …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Legión de Honor Mexicana — Distintivo para traje civil de la Legión. País …   Wikipedia Español


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