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From honor +‎ -ary, modelled after French honoraire, from Latin honorarius.


honorary (not comparable)

  1. Given as an honor/honour, with no duties attached, and without payment.
    honorary degree; honorary doctorate
  2. Voluntary.
  3. Describes the holder of a position or title that is assigned as a special honor rather than by normal channels.
    honorary citizen
    honorary consul
    honorary vice president
    honorary member of the family

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honorary (plural honoraries)

  1. An honorarium; a fee for services of no fixed value.
  2. A person who holds an honorary appointment.
  3. (US) A kind of secret society that operates in name only, with membership given to honor some achievement.