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[on-uh-rair-ee-uh m] /ˌɒn əˈrɛər i əm/

noun, plural honorariums, honoraria
[on-uh-rair-ee-uh] /ˌɒn əˈrɛər i ə/ (Show IPA)
a payment in recognition of acts or professional services for which custom or propriety forbids a price to be set:
The mayor was given a modest honorarium for delivering a speech to our club.
a fee for services rendered by a professional person.
noun (pl) -iums, -ia (-ɪə)
a fee paid for a nominally free service

“honorary reward,” 1650s, from Latin honorarium (donum), literally “honorary (gift),” but in Latin meaning “bribe paid to get appointed to an honorary post,” neuter of adjective honorarius “for the sake of honor,” from honos (see honor (n.)).


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