Definition of honorary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɒnərəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːnəreri//
    (abbreviation Hon)
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  1. 1(of a university degree, a rank, etc.) given as an honour, 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.
  4. Use an, not a, before honorary.
    Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin honorarius, from honor ‘honour’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: honorary