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
: 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

Example Sentences

We are willing to offer a small honorarium that we hope you will accept for judging the competition.
Recent Examples on the Web Each team will receive a $50,000 honorarium and $10,000 for design expenses. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 29 Apr. 2023 Current donations don’t cover the $220 per month needed to pay for program essentials, including meals and teacher honorariums, but Ms. Das is committed to keeping the initiative afloat. Anmol Arora, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Feb. 2023 Nzinga will receive a $5,000 honorarium. Rachel Kramer Bussel, Forbes, 23 June 2021 But Republicans and Southern Democrats filibustered the nomination, and used his acceptance of a $15,000 honorarium from American University — a practice that was not unheard of at the time — against him. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 7 Apr. 2023 After the presentation, Chen handed Hua an envelope filled with $3,500 in U.S. dollars — reimbursement for his plane ticket and an honorarium for the talk. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2023 Such an honorarium provides an ideal moment for a spot of reflection, and Beck’s keynote Q&A with New Yorker staff writer Amanda Petrusich did indeed touch upon many different areas of his career, clarifying certain myths and misperceptions while still maintaining his playful mystique. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rolling Stone, 18 Mar. 2022 After the graceful honorarium to Queen Michael, the Osiris procession was on, paying tribute to movies of every generation and of course this year’s royalty Queen Ginny XL and King Brandi XL. al, 5 Feb. 2023 Selected artists will receive an honorarium of up to $7,000, and Elgin artists will be given preference over those from out of town. chicagotribune.com, 5 June 2021 See More

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Word History


Latin, from neuter of honorarius

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of honorarium was in 1609

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“Honorarium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honorarium. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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