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[ on-uh-rer-ee ]


  1. given for honor only, without the usual requirements, duties, privileges, emoluments, etc.:

    The university presented the new governor with an honorary degree.

  2. holding a title or position conferred for honor only:

    an honorary president.

  3. (of an obligation) depending on one's honor for fulfillment.
  4. conferring or commemorating honor or distinction.
  5. given, made, or serving as a token of honor:

    an honorary gift.


/ ˈɒnrərɪ; ˈɒnərərɪ /


    1. (esp of a position, title, etc) held or given only as an honour, without the normal privileges or duties

      an honorary degree

    2. (of a secretary, treasurer, etc) unpaid
  1. having such a position or title
  2. depending on honour rather than legal agreement

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Other Words From

  • hon·or·ar·i·ly [on-, uh, -, rair, -, uh, -lee], adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of honorary1

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

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Example Sentences

Kuntzler, 79, who holds the status as one of two living honorary lifetime members of the club, appears to be the only member to speak out against a name change.

Lastly, the recipients of this year’s two honorary awards are each notable for their LGBTQ connections.

Those who thrived in pandemic-era PPC deserve some sort of advanced honorary degree in “PPC’ology.”

The announcement of the emergency on Tuesday brought back memories of that “very traumatic period,” said Bridget Welsh, honorary research associate at the Asia Research Institute, University of Nottingham Malaysia.

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Besso was in Trieste working as an engineering consultant, but he came when he could, and as Einstein’s closest friend, he was made an honorary member of the Academy.

Congress unanimously passed a bill to make Bernardo de Galvez an honorary citizen of the United States in 2014.

Bratton now announced that he was appointing Ramos an honorary chaplain at the 84th Precinct where he was assigned.

An Australian woman in her late twenties told me she was an “honorary Jew” with no actual Jewish heritage.

Most of the vendors were, like this woman, honorary Jews for the night, not that Jews have a monopoly on potato pancakes.

Irishman Bob Geldof was famously made an honorary knight for his work for Live Aid.

Certain other officers are also paid, but the vice-presidency and councillorships are honorary posts.

He was given an honorary degree of the university of Oxford in 1886, and in 1888 a statue of him was erected at Birmingham.

During the whole time the club has only had two honorary secretaries, the past and the present.

(p. 66) That the naval officers who are honorary members have been valued friends to the club goes without saying.

That gives one the honorary rank of captain, but it may be a long time before I get appointed to that rank.


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