Definition of honorarium in English:



  • A payment given for professional services that are rendered nominally without charge.

    • ‘A common type of gift for clergy is the customary honoraria for officiating at weddings or funeral services.’
    • ‘The outcry was such that he was reinstated, as a retired emeritus professor - more importantly, with an honorarium attached.’
    • ‘My income, which came from the honoraria I received, was just sufficient to cover the basic needs of my family.’
    • ‘Although he became fairly wealthy, he offered his services either for no pay or for mere honoraria.’
    • ‘Some of it goes straight to individuals in the form of consulting fees, contracts, honoraria, and salaries.’
    • ‘Committee members are paid allowances and in some instances a small honorarium.’
    • ‘The real money, ever since Congress banned honoraria for its members, is in speeches.’
    • ‘Graduates from both universities received gifts, free meals, honoraria and invitations to drug company-sponsored events and participated in meetings with drug company representatives in their offices.’
    • ‘Compared to weekly wages of skilled labourers, these amounts seem almost contemptible, and should perhaps be thought of as honoraria rather than salaries.’
    • ‘His 2002 income was $921,000, which includes a one-time honorarium of $600,000.’
    • ‘Taylor Patten Communications paid travel expenses and honoraria to the working party members.’
    • ‘We live on the honorariums and rewards for the articles I get published in different magazines.’
    • ‘Each of the authors has received research grants and travel expenses or lecture honorariums from one or more of these three study sponsors.’
    • ‘I'll admit - though it's probably suspected already - that I don't live on my musician's honorariums, but on my composing income.’
    • ‘In recognition of his humanitarian services Sahara India Group has recently given him an honorarium.’
    • ‘She expects to be paid expenses and possibly a small honorarium.’
    • ‘Both authors have received honoraria for speaking at lectures, consultancy fees, and grant support from a number of companies that produce, or are developing, pharmacological treatments for obesity.’
    • ‘Another innovation was that both the faculty editors and the contributing authors were paid an honorarium.’
    • ‘The guidelines define financial interests that should be disclosed as any fees, honoraria, or gifts associated with consulting or lectures; equity, including stock options; and payments for directorships or executive roles.’
    • ‘Actually I worked summer jobs like students do today and I was a school board chair who didn't receive a salary, just an honorarium.’
    fee, payment, consideration, allowance
    remuneration, pay, expenses, compensation, recompense, reward
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Mid 17th century: from Latin, denoting a gift made on being admitted to public office, from honorarius (see honorary).