Definition of honorary
2 : dependent on honor or a keen sense of ethical conduct for fulfillment an honorary obligation
honorarilyplay \ˌä-nə-ˈrer-ə-lē\ adverb
Examples of honorary in a Sentence
He was awarded an honorary degree.
He's an honorary member of the club.
He is the honorary president of the commission.
Recent Examples of honorary from the Web
The 2017 honorary chair, designer Mark D. Sikes, was on hand, along with many of the 30 top local designers who had created this year's showhouse and gardens in the east Lake Forest estate designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1922.
At least 25 other universities have revoked honorary degrees received by Cosby, according to the AP.
Calvillo didn't have the opportunity to graduate with her classmates at Hammond High School earlier this month, but the school's principal asked Hubbard to wear her daughter's cap and gown and accept an honorary diploma on her behalf, Hubbard said.
Last year, Harbaugh had Michael Jordan, Tom Brady and Hank Aaron as honorary captains.
The group rallied for body cameras for the Birmingham Police Department; the removal of the Confederate monument at Linn Park; bringing attention to the Gate City Explosion; and had Trayvon Martin named an honorary citizen of Birmingham.
In fact, between those loving gestures and her successful benefit concert, Ariana was recently recognized by the city of Manchester as an honorary citizen –
Dr. Richard P. Streett, Jr., a patient of the Kaufman Cancer Center, served as the walk's honorary chair.
Metropolitan Iakovos was elected and enthroned as bishop of Chicago in 1979 and then elevated to the honorary rank of Metropolitan in 1997.
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Origin and Etymology of honorary
Latin honorarius, from honor
First Known Use: 1606See Words from the same year
HONORARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of honorary for English Language Learners
: given as a sign of honor or achievement
: regarded as one of a group although not officially elected or included
: holding a position for which no payment is given : not paid
HONORARY Defined for Kids
Definition of honorary for Students
: given or done as an honor They made him an honorary member of the club.
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