[[t]ɒ̱nərəri, AM -reri[/t]]
1) ADJ: ADJ n An honorary title or membership of a group is given to someone without their needing to have the necessary qualifications, usually because of their public achievements.

He will be awarded the honorary degree in a ceremony at Newcastle University.

...an honorary member of the Golf Club.

2) ADJ: ADJ n Honorary is used to describe an official job that is done without payment.

...the honorary secretary of the Cheshire Beekeepers' Association.

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