- 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.
- an emeritus professor, minister, etc.
Origin of emeritus
Related Words for emeritusresigned, elderly, retiring, discharged, superannuated, secluded, shy, humble, cloistered, withdrawn, emerita, emeritus, inactive, otiose, unfrequented
Examples from the Web for emeritus
Contemporary Examples of emeritus
SENATOR GEORGE J. MITCHELLCHAIRMAN EMERITUS, DLA PIPER Senator George Mitchell has had a long and distinguished career.The Hero Summit 2013 Speakers
September 10, 2013
Her son took the Astor seat in 1986, and subsequently became an emeritus trustee as well.Behind the Brooke Astor Affair
November 17, 2008
Historical Examples of emeritus
In 1884, when his health was failing, he retired as emeritus professor.
But we were then but an apprentice—who are now Emeritus Grand Master.
We strongly recommend the perusal of the letter of Emeritus on this subject in the Times of the 5th February.A Letter from Major Robert Carmichael-Smyth to His Friend, the Author of 'The Clockmaker'
Emeritus, e-mer′i-tus, adj. honourably discharged from the performance of public duty, esp.
Like the title of Emeritus Professor, it is a tribute to be accepted, hardly to be longed for.The Guardian Angel
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
- (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
c.1600, from Latin emeritus "veteran soldier who has served his time," literally "that has finished work, past service," past participle of emerere "serve out, complete one's service," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + merere "to serve, earn," from PIE *(s)mer- "to get a share of something" (see merit (n.)). First used of retired professors 1794 in American English.