- 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.
- a fee for services rendered by a professional person.
Origin of honorarium
Examples from the Web for honorarium
Fareed Zakaria deserves our respect for returning the honorarium and First Amendment award given by the League.Why the Mosque Scares the Right
August 14, 2010
An honorarium 168 was paid to the person receiving the honor, then.The Brown Mouse
The musician, however, was soothed with an honorarium, and with much “Auf wieder-sehen!”The Bonadventure
If you are writing a book and receiving an honorarium for it, do not expect him to do it.The Way of the Gods
John Luther Long
The honorarium of five hundred pounds which I got, and of which I spent nearly the half in London, did not make me rich at all.rminius Vambry, his life and adventures
Since the honorarium they had offered was three hundred and fifty dollars, Martin thought it not worth while to telegraph.Martin Eden
- a fee paid for a nominally free service
Word Origin and History for honorarium
"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.)).