Definition of honorary
- an honorary engineering society
- an honorary plaque
- an honorary obligation
He was awarded an honorary degree.
He's an honorary member of the club.
He is the honorary president of the commission.
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First Known Use: 1606See Words from the same year
: 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
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