[ on-uh-rer-ee ]
/ ˈɒn əˌrɛr i /


given for honor only, without the usual requirements, duties, privileges, emoluments, etc.: The university presented the new governor with an honorary degree.
holding a title or position conferred for honor only: an honorary president.
(of an obligation) depending on one's honor for fulfillment.
conferring or commemorating honor or distinction.
given, made, or serving as a token of honor: an honorary gift.

Nearby words

  1. honorable ordinary,
  2. honorand,
  3. honoraria,
  4. honorarily,
  5. honorarium,
  6. honorary canon,
  7. honored,
  8. honoree,
  9. honoria,
  10. honorific

Origin of honorary

First recorded in 1605–15, honorary is from the Latin word honōrārius relating to honor. See honor, -ary

Related formshon·or·ar·i·ly [on-uh-rair-uh-lee] /ˌɒn əˈrɛər ə li/, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for honorarily


/ (ˈɒnərərɪ, ˈɒnrərɪ) /

adjective (usually prenominal)

  1. (esp of a position, title, etc) held or given only as an honour, without the normal privileges or dutiesan honorary degree
  2. (of a secretary, treasurer, etc) unpaid
having such a position or title
depending on honour rather than legal agreement
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Word Origin and History for honorarily



early 17c., from honor + -ary; possibly influenced by French honoraire, Latin honorarius "pertaining to honor, honorary."

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