n. pl. hon·es·ties
1. The quality or condition of being honest; integrity.
2. Truthfulness; sincerity: in all honesty.
3. Archaic Chastity.
4. Botany A Eurasian plant (Lunaria annua) in the mustard family, cultivated for its fragrant purplish flowers and round, flat, papery, translucent, silver-white seedpods. Also called money plant, satin flower.
[Middle English honeste, honestee, honorableness, honor, integrity, from Old French honeste, from Latin honestās, honestāt-, from honestus, honorable; see HONEST. Sense 4, Early Modern English, probably from the visibility of the seeds in its translucent pods.]
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