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honorarium

[on-uh-rair-ee-uh m]
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noun, plural hon·o·rar·i·ums, hon·o·rar·i·a [on-uh-rair-ee-uh] /ˌɒn əˈrɛər i ə/.
  1. a payment in recognition of acts or professional services for which custom or propriety forbids a price to be set: The mayor was given a modest honorarium for delivering a speech to our club.
  2. a fee for services rendered by a professional person.

Origin of honorarium

1650–60; < Latin honōrārium fee paid on taking office, noun use of neuter of honōrārius honorary
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honorarium

noun plural -iums or -ia (-ɪə)
  1. a fee paid for a nominally free service

Word Origin

C17: from Latin: something presented on being admitted to a post of honour
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Word Origin and History for honoraria

n.

Latin plural of honorarium.

honorarium

n.

"honorary reward," 1650s, from Latin honorarium (donum), literally "honorary (gift)," but in Latin meaning "bribe paid to get appointed to an honorary post," neuter of adjective honorarius "for the sake of honor," from honos (see honor (n.)).

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