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[on-uh-rair-ee-uh m] /ˌɒn əˈrɛər i əm/
noun, plural honorariums, honoraria
[on-uh-rair-ee-uh] /ˌɒn əˈrɛər i ə/ (Show IPA)
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
1650-60; < Latin honōrārium fee paid on taking office, noun use of neuter of honōrārius honorary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • An honorarium 168 was paid to the person receiving the honor, then.

    The Brown Mouse Herbert Quick
  • The musician, however, was soothed with an honorarium, and with much “Auf wieder-sehen!”

    The Bonadventure Edmund Blunden
  • 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.

  • Since the honorarium they had offered was three hundred and fifty dollars, Martin thought it not worth while to telegraph.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • Here he was heard by the King, who was so pleased with his performance that he recognised it by an honorarium of 100 louis dor.

    The Violoncello and Its History

    Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
  • In accordance with the conditions of the competition, each of the above named will receive a honorarium of one hundred guineas.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • Well—it was not mere astuteness or vulgar cunning on the watch for an honorarium.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • Nor do I remember me of any fee or honorarium received from him on account of these my labours, except the compotations aforesaid.

British Dictionary definitions for honorarium


noun (pl) -iums, -ia (-ɪə)
a fee paid for a nominally free service
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: something presented on being admitted to a post of honour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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