noun, plural hon·o·rar·i·ums, hon·o·rar·i·a [on-uh-rair-ee-uh]. /ˌɒn əˈrɛər i ə/.
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What does honorarium mean?
An honorarium is a payment for special, professional services that don’t technically require compensation or for which payment isn’t customarily given.
An honorarium is usually given as an appreciative gesture for services outside of one’s normal job—it’s not a salary.
More generally, it can refer to a one-time fee paid to a professional for their services.
The correct plural of honorarium can be either honorariums or honoraria. Technically speaking, honoraria is the Latin-based plural form of honorarium. (Many other Latin-derived words can be pluralized in the same way, but many are rarely used, such as stadia as the plural for stadium.)
Example: I was paid a modest honorarium for the summer poetry workshop that I led.
Where does honorarium come from?
The first records of honorarium come from the 1600s. The word comes from the Latin honōrārium, meaning “fee paid on taking office.” In Latin, honōrārium is the noun form of the adjective honōrārius, meaning “honorary.”
Should you ever be invited to be a speaker at a conference, you might receive an honorarium. It’s kind of like a gift for your time and expertise. Such payments are sometimes referred to as ex gratia—meaning they’re given as a gift rather than as a formal, required payment. An honorarium isn’t a freelance payment or a salary (though it is usually considered taxable income). An honorarium is also different than a stipend (a periodic payment) or a per diem (a daily allowance to cover expenses), though it could be used to cover the expenses of traveling to speak at a conference, for example. (Our advice? When you do work or offer your expertise, require payment, regardless of what the payment is called.)
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What are some other forms related to honorarium?
- honorariums (plural)
- honoraria (plural)
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How is honorarium used in real life?
Honorariums are frequently given in the sectors of academia, government, religious institutions, and nonprofits.
Elsevier offered me $100 to write a 4,000 to 8,000 word chapter for their International Encyclopedia of Education. I offered to waive the honorarium if they would make my chapter open access. They declined. A month ago, I made a similar offer to @JohnCattEd. They accepted.
— Dylan Wiliam (@dylanwiliam) February 17, 2020
My university refused to hire this longtime contingent faculty member who was the only person in our department whose classes were consistently filled, so he left. They brought him back to keynote for BHM. His honorarium is almost as much as what he was paid to teach 1 class.
— Kayla Renée Wheeler (@krw18) February 5, 2020
I've made it. I just got a speaking offer with a 2k honorarium. To talk about social media and science. I don't do this for the money, but when folks budget for scicomm speakers, my heart soars.
— Dr. Paige Jarreau (@FromTheLabBench) January 6, 2020
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Which of the following words is LEAST likely to be used in reference to an honorarium?
Example sentences from the Web for honorarium
Fareed Zakaria deserves our respect for returning the honorarium and First Amendment award given by the League.
By way of honorarium he offered me a free seat at the theatre, and ten florins a month.Eyes Like the Sea|Mr Jkai
My niece, Miss Blanche Corke, was given an honorarium of £2 for her services during the period of the past five months.From Crow-Scaring to Westminster; an Autobiography|George Edwards M.P., O.B.E.
My honorarium—this, of course, is in confidence—my honorarium for this is eight hundred dollars a week.Local Color|Irvin S. Cobb
Yet every benefit must be paid for, and whether you use the word fee or honorarium, matters little.
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|rminius Vambry