- 1(of a university degree, a rank, etc.) given as an honor, without the person having to have the usual qualifications an honorary doctorate/degree
- 2(of a position in an organization) not paid the honorary president The post of treasurer is a purely honorary position.
- 3treated like a member of a group without actually belonging to it She was treated as an honorary man. Many people treat their pets almost as honorary humans. Use an, not a, before honorary.