[on-uh-rair-ee-uh m]

noun, plural hon·o·rar·i·ums, hon·o·rar·i·a [on-uh-rair-ee-uh] /ˌɒn əˈrɛər i ə/.

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
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Related Words for honorarium

pay, gratuity, tip, compensation, reward, payment

Examples from the Web for honorarium

Contemporary Examples of honorarium

  • Fareed Zakaria deserves our respect for returning the honorarium and First Amendment award given by the League.

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    Why the Mosque Scares the Right

    M.J. Akbar

    August 14, 2010

Historical Examples of honorarium

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for honorarium


noun plural -iums or -ia (-ɪə)

a fee paid for a nominally free service

Word Origin for honorarium

C17: from Latin: something presented on being admitted to a post of honour
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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.)).

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