- The definition of emeritus is someone who once held a position or office and who, although not required, is allowed to keep his title.
An example of emeritus is a professor of mathematics who retired but who gets to keep his title as a professor. He would be called an Emeritus Professor.
Origin of emeritusClassical Latin past participle of emereri, to serve out one's time ; from e-, out + mereri, to serve, earn, merit
Origin of emeritusLatin ēmeritus, past participle of ēmerērī, to earn by service : ē-, ex-, from; see ex– + merērī, to deserve, earn; see (s)mer-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A person retired in this sense (feminine form emerita).
- 1955, Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita:
- Oh, you veteran crime reporter, you grave old usher, you once popular policeman, now in solitary confinement after gracing that school crossing for years, you wretched emeritus read to by a boy!
From Latin emeritus.