What does Honorary mean?

Definitions for Honorary
ˈɒn əˌrɛr ihon·ora·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. honoraryadjective

    given as an honor without the normal duties

    "an honorary degree"


  1. honorarynoun

    An honorarium; a fee for services of no fixed value.

  2. honoraryadjective

    Given as an honor/honour, with no duties attached, and without payment.

    honorary degree

  3. honoraryadjective


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Honoraryadjective

    Etymology: honorarius, Latin.

    There was probably some distinction made among the Romans between such honorary arches erected to emperors, and those that were raised to them on the account of a victory, which are properly triumphal arches. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    This monument is only honorary; for the ashes of the emperor lie elsewhere. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    The Romans abounded with these little honorary rewards, that, without conferring wealth and riches, gave only place and distinction to the person who received them. Joseph Addison, Guard.


  1. honorary

    Honorary refers to a title, position, degree, or recognition that is given as a mark of respect or appreciation, without the usual requirements or functions. It is often bestowed to honor the individual for their contributions or achievements in a specific field, but does not always come with monetary compensation, obligations, or duties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Honoraryadjective

    a fee offered to professional men for their services; as, an honorarium of one thousand dollars

  2. Honoraryadjective

    an honorary payment, usually in recognition of services for which it is not usual or not lawful to assign a fixed business price

  3. Honoraryadjective

    done as a sign or evidence of honor; as, honorary services

  4. Honoraryadjective

    conferring honor, or intended merely to confer honor without emolument; as, an honorary degree

  5. Honoraryadjective

    holding a title or place without rendering service or receiving reward; as, an honorary member of a society

  6. Etymology: [L. honorarius, fr. honor honor: cf. F. honoraire.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Honorary

    on′or-ar-i, adj. conferring honour: holding a title or office without performing services or receiving a reward.—n. a fee. [L. honorariushonor.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Honorary in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Honorary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Honorary in a Sentence

  1. Charlie Sifford:

    Charlie Sifford also received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland for Charlie Sifford career as a pioneer. Charlie Sifford often attended the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone, not far from Charlie Sifford home in Ohio. During an interview with the AP in 2000, Charlie Sifford said Charlie Sifford was proud of the role in played in making the PGA Tour accessible to blacks.'' If I hadn't acted like a professional when they sent me out, if I did something crazy, there would never be any blacks playing.

  2. Marion Gerald Hood:

    And when they gave him the honorary degree, I said to Marion Gerald Hood,' Gosh, he can come over here at my school and get an honorary degree, and I can't even put my foot on his campus,' and I didn't think that was quite right.

  3. Andrew Schneider:

    Despite everything I've achieved in my life, the culinary awards, the military commendations, the honorary degrees, I have never, ever lost sight of what's truly important. The thing that gives meaning to these triumphs. Someone to share them with. A companion. A help mate. A wife.

  4. Ed Blaguszewski:

    Bill Cosby has agreed to resign as an honorary co-chair of UMass Amherst's capital campaign. He no longer has any affiliation with the campaign nor does he serve in any other capacity for the university.

  5. President Steven Knapp:

    I have therefore decided that the university will rescind Mr. Cosby’s honorary degree.

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