Emeritus meaning

ĭ-mĕrĭ-təs
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Retired but retaining an honorary title corresponding to that held immediately before retirement.

A professor emeritus.

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One who is retired but retains an honorary title corresponding to that held immediately before retirement.
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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.

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Retired from active service, usually for age, but retaining one's rank or title.

Professor emeritus.

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Retired, but retaining an honorific version of previous title (especially "professor").
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A person thus retired.
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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!

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Origin of emeritus

  • Latin ēmeritus past participle of ēmerērī to earn by service ē-, ex- from ex– merērī to deserve, earn (s)mer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin emeritus.

    From Wiktionary