- If you never graduated from college but a university gives you a degree anyway, this is an example of an honorary degree.
- If you are allowed to be a part of a club without ever having actually formally completed the membership requirements, this is an example of a time when you are an honorary member.
- If you are acting as treasurer of a club without being paid for doing so, this is an example of a time when you are an honorary treasurer.
The definition of honorary refers to some distinction, status or award given without the person bestowed with the honor being made to fulfill the usual requirements, or a person who has been bestowed with such an honor, or a person holding a position without being paid for it.
- given as an honor only, without the usual requirements or privileges: an honorary degree
- designating an office or position held as an honor only, without service or pay
- holding such a position or office
- recognizing academic distinction or accomplishment: an honorary society
- depending on one's honor; that cannot be legally enforced or collected: said of debts, etc.
Origin of honoraryClassical Latin honorarius, of or conferring honor
- Held or given as a mark of honor, especially conferred as an honor without the usual adjuncts: an honorary degree.
- a. Holding an office or title given as an honor, without payment: an honorary colonel.b. Voluntary: the council's honorary secretary.
- Relying on honor and not legally enforceable, as a duty or obligation.