from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Held or given as a mark of honor, especially conferred as an honor without the usual adjuncts: an honorary degree.
- adj. Holding an office or title given as an honor, without payment: an honorary colonel.
- adj. Voluntary: the council's honorary secretary.
- adj. Relying on honor and not legally enforceable, as a duty or obligation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Given as an honor/honour, with no duties attached, and without payment.
- adj. Voluntary.
- adj. Describes the holder of a position or title that is assigned to him as a special honor rather than by normal channels.
- n. An honorarium; a fee for services of no fixed value.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Done as a sign or evidence of honor.
- adj. Conferring honor, or intended merely to confer honor without emolument.
- adj. Holding a title or place without rendering service or receiving reward.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Done or made in token of honor; honoring.
- Conferring honor, or intended merely to confer honor, without customary requirements or obligations: as, an honorary degree or title.
- Holding a title or place conferred as an honor.
- Synonyms and Honorary, Honorable. Honorary refers to that which exists or is done for the sake of conferring honor: as, an honorary degree, honorary membership; honorable, to that which is worthy of honor, confers honor, or is consistent with the sentiment of honor: as, an honorable man (in two senses); an honorable alliance; an honorable motive.
- n. Same as honorarium.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. given as an honor without the normal duties
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