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Definition of honorary adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    honorary

     adjective
    (honourary) adjective
    NAmE//ˈɑnəˌrɛri//
     
    (abbreviation Hon.)
     
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  1. 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. 2(of a position in an organization) not paid the honorary president The post of treasurer is a purely honorary position.
  3. 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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: honorary