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emeritus

[ih-mer-i-tuh s] /ɪˈmɛr ɪ təs/
adjective
1.
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 emeriti
[ih-mer-i-tahy, -tee] /ɪˈmɛr ɪˌtaɪ, -ˌti/ (Show IPA)
2.
an emeritus professor, minister, etc.
Origin
1785-1795
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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Examples for emeritus
  • emeritus professors served as their mentors, helping them navigate their freshman and sophomore years.
  • emeritus centers bring retired professors back to campus.
  • At our school, being a full professor is a requirement for eventually having emeritus professor status when you retire.
  • He is distinguished in the way of an emeritus professor and dressed formally, with a scarf wrapped around his neck.
  • emeritus members pay no dues and are removed from the duty roster.
  • emeritus members do not count against the limit on number of active members.
British Dictionary definitions for emeritus

emeritus

/ɪˈmɛrɪtəs/
adjective
1.
(usually postpositive) retired or honourably discharged from full-time work, but retaining one's title on an honorary basis a professor emeritus
Word Origin
C19: from Latin, from merēre to deserve; see merit
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Word Origin and History for emeritus
emeritus
c.1600, from L. emeritus "veteran soldier who has served his time," pp. of emerere "serve out, complete one's service," from ex- "out" + merere "to serve, earn." First used of retired professors 1794 in Amer.Eng.
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