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emeritus

[ ih-mer-i-tuhs ]
/ ɪˈmɛr ɪ təs /
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adjective

retired or honorably discharged from active professional duty, but retaining the title of one's office or position: dean emeritus of the graduate school; editor in chief emeritus.

noun, plural e·mer·i·ti [ih-mer-i-tahy, -tee]. /ɪˈmɛr ɪˌtaɪ, -ˌti/.

an emeritus professor, minister, etc.

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Origin of emeritus

1785–95; <Latin ēmeritus having fully earned (past participle of ēmerēre), equivalent to ē-e-1 + meri- earn + -tus past participle suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for emeritus

emeritus
/ (ɪˈmɛrɪtəs) /

adjective

(usually postpositive) retired or honourably discharged from full-time work, but retaining one's title on an honorary basisa professor emeritus

Word Origin for emeritus

C19: from Latin, from merēre to deserve; see merit
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