hon·or·ary | \ˈä-nə-ˌrer-ē \

Definition of honorary 

1a : 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

3a : 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

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Other Words from honorary

honorarily \ˌä-nə-ˈrer-ə-lē \ adverb
honorary noun

Examples of honorary in a Sentence

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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Richardson has also been given Wofford's Alumni Distinguished Service Award and an honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities, according to the school's website. Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "In wake of NFL fine, here's the status of Jerry Richardson statues, stadium names," 2 July 2018 Colbert holds undergraduate and honorary degrees from Northwestern. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Stephen Colbert to host starry alumni show at Northwestern," 11 Jan. 2018 The North Carolina team chooses an honorary manager to do this before each game. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Soldier surprises girlfriend with homecoming, then drops to one knee for an even bigger surprise," 17 June 2018 Other, noncompetitive winners – those who won at least one of the awards in a special or honorary nature – include Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Emmy Nominations: John Legend Could Earn an EGOT with Jesus Christ Superstar Nod," 12 July 2018 This is just the appetizer’: Harry Giles says he’s driven to improve after ejection Sacramento Make-A-Wish teen ‘touched and grateful’ to be honorary Kings dancer Bill Russell flipped off Vince Carter at a Kings game. Noel Harris, sacbee, "Why a national magazine says the young Kings could be the NBA’s ‘next’ big thing," 11 July 2018 Les Seskin of Boca Raton recently received an honorary fellowship from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology during a special awards ceremony in recognition of his tireless support to the institution. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Boca Raton resident receives honorary fellowship from Technion," 11 July 2018 Salah is even being tipped to quit the national team after landing himself at the centre of a controversy after being made an honorary citizen of the Chechnya Republic by leader Ramzan Kadyrov. SI.com, "Egypt Boss Hector Cuper Left 'Sad & Disappointed' as Pharaohs Bow Out of World Cup," 26 June 2018 The Order of the Thistle is the prince’s second honorary knighthood. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince William Confidently Pulls Off Ostrich Feather Hat for Annual Knights Service in Scotland," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of honorary

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for honorary

Latin honorarius, from honor

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English Language Learners Definition of honorary

: 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


hon·or·ary | \ˈä-nə-ˌrer-ē \

Kids Definition of honorary

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

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