• WordNet 3.6
    • adj honorary given as an honor without the normal duties "an honorary degree"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On November 29, 2000, Pope John Paul II was named an "Honorary Harlem Globetrotter."
    • Honorary A fee offered to professional men for their services; as, an honorarium of one thousand dollars.
    • Honorary (Law) An honorary payment, usually in recognition of services for which it is not usual or not lawful to assign a fixed business price.
    • Honorary Conferring honor, or intended merely to confer honor without emolument; as, an honorary degree. "Honorary arches."
    • Honorary Done as a sign or evidence of honor; as, honorary services.
    • Honorary Holding a title or place without rendering service or receiving reward; as, an honorary member of a society.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The photo most often requested from the U.S. National Archives is that of the meeting between Elvis Presley and President Nixon in 1970. Presley had requested that Nixon make him an honorary drug enforcement agent and Nixon accommodated him.
    • honorary Done or made in token of honor; honoring.
    • honorary Conferring honor, or intended merely to confer honor, without customary requirements or obligations: as, an honorary degree or title.
    • honorary Holding a title or place conferred as an honor. An honorary member of a society or an institution may or may not take an active part in its proceedings or the promotion of its objects, but has no share in its management. An honorary officer, as distinguished from the regular officers of the same body, renders services without compensation, or without the full power or obligations of the office.
    • honorary Synonyms and Honorary, Honorable. Honorary refers to that which exists or is done for the sake of conferring honor: as, an honorary degree, honorary membership; honorable, to that which is worthy of honor, confers honor, or is consistent with the sentiment of honor: as, an honorable man (in two senses); an honorable alliance; an honorable motive.
    • n honorary Same as honorarium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Honorary on′or-ar-i conferring honour: holding a title or office without performing services or receiving a reward
    • n Honorary a fee
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. honorarium,sc. donum,), fr. honorarius,. See Honorary (a.)


In literature:

Honorary degrees, such as "M.D.," "Ph.D.," "M.A.," "B.S.," "LL.D.," follow the name of the person addressed.
"How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)" by Mary Owens Crowther
He was rewarded by General Jackson with the honorary title of Major.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
I would like to move that Mr. Henry Hales of Ridgewood, New Jersey, be elected an honorary member of this Association.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
For the same reason that temporary or technical titles are not used, honorary titles are omitted.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
Originally the Attorney-General was little but an honorary officer.
"History of the United States, Volume 2 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Honorary members shall be exempt from dues.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
Oxford gave him the honorary degree of Doctor of Music.
"The Standard Oratorios" by George P. Upton
Usually, it's just an honorary job, any way.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole
He and Dante became fast friends, and it seems Dante became a kind of honorary member of his court.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
It is only popular in the sense that the prices are small and the performers' services are honorary.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
He is no longer either a county magistrate or an honorary citizen.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai
The appointment will carry with it the honorary rank and pay of Lieutenant in the Egyptian army.
"Under the Rebel's Reign" by Charles Neufeld
Couldn't she be an honorary member, or something?
"The Girl Scouts' Good Turn" by Edith Lavell
Miss Kilrain's name had been up that very afternoon in the Society for honorary membership.
"Emmy Lou" by George Madden Martin
Bligh returned to Port Jackson: though the time for his honorary restitution was passed, he was received with respectful formality.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
It is unfortunate that I can only confer the honorary rank of admiral upon Mr Hingeston, as you are not British subjects.
"The World Peril of 1910" by George Griffith
A. Cazenove, an honorary canon, in memory of his father, who died in 1880.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Rochester" by G. H. Palmer
He made himself an honorary member of the A.
"Log-book of Timothy Boardman" by Samuel W Boardman
It is an honorary distinction; and your standing in the naval service and your gallant achievements entitle you to this reward.
"The Life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald, Vol. II" by Thomas Lord Cochrane
Mr Mocatta was elected Chairman, and Joseph Cohen Honorary Secretary.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore

In news:

President John F Kennedy, who was fascinated by his writings, bestowed upon him honorary US citizenship.
From 1965 to 1969 Miss Syrkin was on the executive body of the World Zionist Movement and during that period was honorary president of the Labor Zionist Movement in the United States.
I talk with honorary Clevelander Meat Loaf about the 35th anniversary of Bat Out of Hell and his upcoming show at the State Theatre.
Englert, outgoing acting president at Temple University, was given the honorary title of chancellor by the university's board of trustees on Tuesday.
UAF to give honorary doctorates to Banarsi Lal, Katie John and Adm .
UAF is to give honorary doctorates to Banarsi Lal, Katie John and Navy Rear Adm .
Dr Anthony Piana, honorary chairman for the campaign.
Tufts rescinds Lance Armstrong 's honorary degree.
Since 2009, Boyle has sold 18 million records, write an autobiography and now has an honorary doctorate.
Honorary pallbearers will be Carl Passman, Rudy Krueger, Harold Jefcoat, Brian Distefano, Victor Sarris, Ken Hungerford, Bill Skinner and Archie Clark.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Veterans enjoy their food as part of the third annual Veteran Honorary Brunch and Entertainment Gala held recently at the Village at Palmerton.
Elvis to be named honorary citizen of Budapest .
SKorea strips socialite in Petraeus scandal of ' honorary consul' title.
South Korea says US socialite, Petraeus friend to be ousted as country's honorary consul.

In science:

We would like to thank the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Glasgow, for hosting one of us (H.Y.) as a Honorary Research Fellow during Summer 2010 and Summer 2011.
Laplace Invariants for General Hyperbolic Systems
He holds honorary doctorates from a number of universities, including Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, and ETH, Z ürich.
Connectivity of Large Wireless Networks under A Generic Connection Model
Work done while a recipient of an Honorary Fellowship of the Belgian American Educational Foundation, while visiting the Princeton University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.
A simple mechanism for balancing at the border of instability with applications to persistent neural activity
Invited contribution to the special issue of honorary series of ”Annals of Louis de Broglie Foundations”, dedicated to E.
Mirror particles and mirror matter: 50 years of speculation and search
For display purposes, I have added +1 to the number of citations for each paper (“an honorary citation”), to avoid the log citations = −∞ problem (log citations = +∞ is not yet a problem, even for WMAP papers).
How long should an astronomical paper be to increase its Impact?
Its president is Philippe Jetzer who succeeded Alessandro Rima, now honorary president.
Observing the Second Solar Spectrum at IRSOL
For display purposes, I have added +1 to the number of citations for each paper (“an honorary citation”), to avoid the log citations = −∞ problem.
Are astronomical papers with more authors cited more?
Election as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society followed in 1986 and the ASA recognized him with the Wilks Memorial Award in 1996.
Erich Leo Lehmann---A glimpse into his life and work
This research is supported by a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Honorary PIMS Postdoctoral Fellowship.
The kernel and continuity ideals of homomorphisms from C_0(\Omega)
He has been awarded an honorary doctorate by ETH, Zurich.
A digital interface for Gaussian relay and interference networks: Lifting codes from the discrete superposition model
He never held any official position as an astronomer and received no honorary degrees; yet his astronomical work takes high rank among the observers of his day and generation.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness