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Definition of emeritus
- professor emeritus
- professors emeriti
Recent Examples of emeritus from the Web
Stewart Tolnay, an emeritus professor at the University of Washington, works with Beck and others on the lynching research.
In later years, Bush served as an emeritus public trustee for the Mayo Clinic.
In an earlier interview, the 2017 alignment didn’t strike Colgate University emeritus professor Anthony Aveni as particularly unusual.
The emeritus archbishop of Santiago subsequently apologized for having refused to believe the victims from the start.
Ralph Clem is emeritus professor of geography at Florida International University.
After the South Florida Sun Sentinel questioned the deal, the college created a full-time president emeritus job description for Armstrong, with expanded duties such as outreach to the business community and the state Legislature.
James named two local SCLC board members to the advisory group, attorney Wesley Fields and the Rev. Bob Hill, minister emeritus of Community Christian Church.
The Heat’s biggest star remains Dwyane Wade 2.0, an emeritus star now off the bench.
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Did You Know?
The adjective emeritus is unusual in two ways: it's frequently used postpositively (that is, after the noun it modifies), and it has a plural form—emeriti—when it modifies a plural noun in its second sense. If you've surmised from these qualities that the word is Latin in origin, you are correct. Emeritus, which is the Latin past participle of the verb emereri, meaning "to serve out one's term," was originally used to describe soldiers who had completed their duty. (Emereri is from the prefix e-, meaning "out," and merēre, meaning "to earn, deserve, or serve"—also the source of our English word merit.) By the early 18th century, English speakers were using emeritus as an adjective to refer to professors who had retired from office. The word eventually came to be applied to other professions where a retired member may continue to hold a title in an honorary capacity.
EMERITUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emeritus for English Language Learners
: retired with an honorary title from an office or position especially in a university
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