honorary [on-uh-rer-ee] Word Origin adjective
- given for only, without the usual requirements, duties, privileges, emoluments, etc.: The university presented the new governor with an honorary degree.
- holding a title or position conferred for only: an honorary president.
- (of an obligation) depending on one’s for fulfillment.
- conferring or commemorating or distinction.
- given, made, or serving as a token of : an honorary gift.
Origin of honorary First recorded in 1605–15, honorary is from the Latin word honōrārius relating to honor. See, Related formshon·or·ar·i·ly [on-uh-rair-uh-lee] /ˌɒn əˈrɛər ə li/, adverb British Dictionary definitions for honorarily honorary adjective (usually prenominal)
- (esp of a position, title, etc) held or given only as an honour, without the normal privileges or dutiesan honorary degree
- (of a secretary, treasurer, etc) unpaid
- having such a position or title
- depending on honour rather than legal agreement
Word Origin and History for honorarily honorary adj.
early 17c., from+ ; possibly influenced by French honoraire, Latin honorarius “pertaining to honor, honorary.”