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 emeritusL, 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).
- 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.