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"honorary" in British English

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honoraryadjective

uk   /ˈɒn.ər.ə.ri/  us   /ˈɑː.nə.rer.i/
(​especially of a ​degree) given as an ​honour to someone who has not done a ​course of ​study: She ​received an honorary ​doctorate from Exeter University in ​recognition of her ​work for the ​homeless. An honorary ​position in an ​organization is one for which no ​payment is made: Charities often have a well-known ​person as ​their honorary ​treasurer.
(Definition of honorary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"honorary" in American English

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honoraryadjective

 us   /ˈɑn·əˌrer·i/
given as a ​reward, without ​qualifying in a ​standard way: The ​universityawards honorary ​degrees to ​variousdistinguishedpeople each ​year.
(Definition of honorary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"honorary" in Business English

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honoraryadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈɒnərəri/
given to someone in ​order to show ​respect for their ​achievements rather than through ​study, ​payment, etc.: honorary ​award/degree/​membership
( abbreviation Hon) relating to a ​position that is given to someone in ​order to show ​respect and for which no ​payment is made: an honorary ​chair/​chairman/​chairwoman
(Definition of honorary from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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