honorary

adjective hon·or·ary \ ˈä-nə-ˌrer-ē \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of honorary

1 a : having or conferring distinction
  • an honorary engineering society
b : commemorative
  • an honorary plaque
2 : dependent on honor or a keen sense of ethical conduct for fulfillment
  • an honorary obligation
3 a : conferred or elected in recognition of achievement or service without the usual prerequisites or obligations
  • an honorary degree
  • an honorary member
b : unpaid, voluntary
  • an honorary chairman

honorarily

play \ˌä-nə-ˈrer-ə-lē\ adverb

honorary

noun

Examples of honorary in a Sentence

  1. He was awarded an honorary degree.

  2. He's an honorary member of the club.

  3. He is the honorary president of the commission.

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Origin and Etymology of honorary

Latin honorarius, from honor



HONORARY Defined for English Language Learners

honorary

adjective

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

honorary

adjective hon·or·ary \ ˈä-nə-ˌrer-ē \

Definition of honorary for Students

: given or done as an honor
  • They made him an honorary member of the club.


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