One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person to be publicly honored, especially with an honorary degree.
- ‘It is clear that both of these honorands were Roman citizens.’
- ‘Along with seven other honorands Marina will be awarded her honorary degree at the University's annual honorary degree ceremony, on Wednesday 21 June.’
- ‘The date of the statue base is too late for the honorand to have been the author of ‘Lives of the Sophists’.’
- ‘Students whose degrees will be conferred at the various ceremonies will have the opportunity to listen to the many honorands speak about their careers.’
1950s: from Latin honorandus ‘to be honored’, gerundive of honorare ‘to honor’, from honor ‘honor’.
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