Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A payment given to a professional person for services for which fees are not legally or traditionally required.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Compensation for services that do not have a predetermined value.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fee offered to professional men for their services.
  • n. An honorary payment, usually in recognition of services for which it is not usual or not lawful to assign a fixed business price.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fee for services rendered, especially by a physician or other professional person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fee paid for a nominally free service

Etymologies

Latin honōrārium, from neuter of honōrārius, honorary, from honor, honor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin honorarium (sc. donum), from honorarius. See honorary. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But always before he reached the middle he struck for what they called his honorarium; and this troubled them, for the tale was appearing week by week as it was written.

    Tommy and Grizel

  • And the honorarium is just a token, you understand …

    Matthew Yglesias » Treating the Symptoms

  • If I find out that a science reporter, say, received a $20,000 honorarium from the American Petroleum Institute, I would have legitimate grounds for concern regardless of any visible problems with their work.

    Matthew Yglesias » When Journalists Donate

  • If our honorarium is unsatisfactory, kindly telegraph us at once and state what you consider a fair price.

    Chapter 40

  • She also receives royalties from UpToDate and an honorarium from the Japanese

    Newswise: Latest News

  • Or they pay an honorarium, which is a word indicating that they know it isn't enough to count as proper paying!

    If You Receive an Airborne Contaminant in the Mail... Is It Potpourri?

  • But let a client or patient make the experiment of omitting this little ceremony of the honorarium, which is cense to be a thing entirely out of consideration between them, and mark how the learned gentleman will look upon his case.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • I propose to you to do the same thing, and you can make it a condition that for your subsequent works I will pay you the best honorarium, which is given only to our best-known (very few) novel writers, that is to say, fifty rubles for sixteen pages of printed matter.

    Leo Tolstoy: Childhood and Early Manhood

  • But let a client or patient make the experiment of omitting this little ceremony of the honorarium, which is _cense_ to be a thing entirely out of consideration between them, and mark how the learned gentleman will look upon his case.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • Regarding Clinton's arrival on Sunday (the scent of a handsome "honorarium" wafts through the air), KLA chieftain Thaci, endearingly known to his former KLA colleagues by the nom de guerre of The Snake, promises that the Bomber of Belgrade will be met with a "magnificent welcome" and that locals will "appear en masse at the Bill Clinton Square".

    Kosovo: Marking Ten Years Of Worldwide Wars

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