adjective Etymology: Latin honorarius, from honor Date: 1568 1. a. having or conferring distinction b. commemorative 2. dependent on honor for fulfillment 3. a. conferred or elected in recognition of achievement or service without the usual prerequisites or obligations <
an honorary degree
an honorary member
b. unpaid, voluntary <
an honorary chairman
honorarily adverbhonorary noun

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