Definition of honorary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈänəˌrerē/


1Conferred as an honor, without the usual requirements or functions: an honorary doctorate
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  • During his visit to Ireland, Peck was conferred with an honorary doctorate in literature by the National University of Ireland in April 2000.
  • Mysore University had conferred an honorary doctorate on him.
  • Mr Prodi will be conferred with an honorary doctorate at a special ceremony in the University of Limerick in the afternoon.
1.1(Of a person) holding an honorary title or position: an honorary member of the club
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  • He was also elected to honorary positions such as honorary president of the Janos Bolyai Mathematical Society and the John von Neumann Society for Computer Science.
  • He was given the title of honorary physician to the Queen in 1967 for his public health work in Lancashire and for advising the Ministry of Health.
  • The writer is honorary senior research fellow in sociology and modern Korea at Leeds University.
2British (Of an office or its holder) unpaid: Honorary Secretary of the Association
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  • The UK ambassador to Thailand will represent Britain at commemorative events on Phi Phi island and Britain's honorary consul is attending a ceremony on Phuket.
  • ‘No one could ever have imagined this horror,’ says Mike Wilson, Britain's first honorary consul on the island.
  • He was subsequently invited to become the country's honorary consul in Sheffield, where there is a large Polish community.


Early 17th century: from Latin honorarius, from honor 'honor'.

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Syllabification: hon·or·ar·y

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