Etymology
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honorarium (n.)

"fee for services rendered by a professional person such as a physician, barrister, etc.; 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.)).

updated on August 13, 2015

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Definitions of honorarium from WordNet

honorarium (n.)
a fee paid for a nominally free service;
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