Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a fee paid for a nominally free service

Etymologies

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

[Latin honōrārium, from neuter of honōrārius, honorary, from honor, honor.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin honorarium (sc. donum), from honorarius. See honorary.

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

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

    Chapter 40

  • 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

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