Meaning of “honorary” in the English Dictionary

"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:

(Definition of “honorary” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"honorary" in Business English

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honoraryadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈɒnərəri/ us

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:

(Definition of “honorary” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)