hon·​o·​rar·​i·​um | \ ˌä-nə-ˈrer-ē-əm How to pronounce honorarium (audio) \
plural honoraria\ ˌä-​nə-​ˈrer-​ē-​ə How to pronounce honorarium (audio) \ also honorariums

Definition of honorarium

: a payment for a service (such as making a speech) on which custom or propriety forbids a price to be set donated the honoraria from his speaking engagements

Examples of honorarium in a Sentence

We are willing to offer a small honorarium that we hope you will accept for judging the competition.
Recent Examples on the Web Finalists will receive a $10,000 honorarium and matching grant for their school’s music program. Tyler Carter, Dallas News, "DeSoto High choir director one of 10 Grammy education award finalists," 10 Dec. 2020 The Clark County Arts Commission is working to acquire financial support such as a stipend, grant or honorarium. oregonlive, "Clark County seeks poet laureate," 29 Dec. 2020 The nine other finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium and matching grants. Tyler Carter, Dallas News, "DeSoto High choir director one of 10 Grammy education award finalists," 10 Dec. 2020 Under such programs, companies typically pay a health-care professional an honorarium to give speeches or presentations about a company’s drugs or medical devices. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Health-Care Industry Faces Greater Scrutiny Around Payments to Doctors to Promote Products," 3 Dec. 2020 Speakers are typically paid an honorarium, and often are given other types of remuneration, such as free meals. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Health-Care Watchdog Warns of Risks Associated With Sponsored Speeches," 16 Nov. 2020 The prize includes a $100,000 honorarium and a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York, opening next spring. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Deana Lawson, Chronicler of the Black Diaspora, Wins the 2020 Hugo Boss Prize," 22 Oct. 2020 They're paid only a modest honorarium by the NIH -- just $200 per meeting -- and there are no press conferences, no TV interviews, no fame and no glory. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "The secretive group at the center of the nation's largest vaccine trials," 3 Oct. 2020 For each work, the city will pay the artist a $500 honorarium. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "Mesquite’s downtown renovation nearing completion, and it needs public art from local artists," 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of honorarium

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for honorarium

Latin, from neuter of honorarius

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The first known use of honorarium was in 1609

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19 Jan 2021

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“Honorarium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honorarium. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of honorarium

formal : an amount of money paid for a service

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