- 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.
- 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.
honorary definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical Latin honorarius, of or conferring honor
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- honorarily adverb
honorary definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.