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 honoraria (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.

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The poet laureate will receive a modest honorarium but is not considered a county employee. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Campbell community briefs for the week of Aug. 23," 23 Aug. 2019 Regent Charla Boodry and Vice Regent Laura Horn presented the group with a certificate and honorarium. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Patriotic group hosts young musicians for concert," 22 July 2019 Each will receive a $50,000 honorarium for their design work when the competition is completed. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Endowment on global search for architects for new headquarters," 13 June 2019 The winning applicants will receive an honorarium of up to $1,500. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Art-wrapped utility box unveiled at corner of Highland and Riverside in downtown Elgin," 11 June 2019 Each artist selected to exhibit their work will receive a $500 honorarium. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Ever dreamed of having your art hang in City Hall? Now's your chance," 14 June 2018 Responding to Gheorghiu’s claims, Firea volleyed back that the soprano had received an honorarium of 145,000 euros ($171,000) for a concert in December 2017 sponsored by the city hall. Washington Post, "Romanian drama: the mayor, the soprano and the champion," 14 June 2018 Selected artists each received $1,000 for paint and a $2,000 honorarium. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Bringing a 5Pointz Vibe to Lower Manhattan," 1 June 2018 He was honored by the Florida Bar for 50 years of dedicated service as a member in good standing and recognized in 2012 by the Orlando Sentinel with a Legal Eagles honorarium. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/3," 3 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of honorarium

formal : an amount of money paid for a service

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