An example of a meretricious person is a prostitute.
Origin of meretricious
- Latin meretrīcius of prostitutes from meretrīx meretrīc- prostitute from merēre to earn money (s)mer-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin meretrÄ«cius, from meretrÄ«x (“harlot, prostitute"), from mereÅ (“earn, deserve, merit") (English merit) + -trÄ«x (“(female agent)") (English -trix).