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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. Tom Watson:

    With the many fond memories of both watching the Masters as a youngster and then competing in the tournament for so many years, I am greatly honored to join my friends and fellow competitors, Jack and Gary, as an honorary starter in this upcoming Masters.

  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. Brad Johnson:

    Tammy Waddell had about 100 teachers as honorary pallbearers who carried the backpacks out and back to their schools, it was heartwarming.

  4. Oksana Markarova:

    Serving as an ambassador is a very honorary role. It’s probably one of the highest services you can do for your country, so it’s a very interesting life, but, of course, it’s much less comfortable when your country’s at war.

  5. Mary Lee Semar:

    We've decided we're honorary cousins and are planning a trip to meet up.

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