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Definition of "honorary" []

  • Held or given as a mark of honor, especially conferred as an honor without the usual adjuncts: an honorary degree. (adjective)
  • Holding an office or title given as an honor, without payment: an honorary colonel. (adjective)
  • Voluntary: the council's honorary secretary. (adjective)
  • Relying on honor and not legally enforceable, as a duty or obligation. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "honorary" in a sentence
  • "To share his story, we have got a spokesman for the National Kidney Foundation, whose fund - raising efforts for earthquake victims in Guatemala earned him the title honorary mayor of Los Angeles, George Lopez."
  • "But the daughter, although older, was never in the running for the title honorary though it may now be."
  • "Those Cuban cats became what I call honorary niggas."