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emeritus

noun emer·i·tus \ i-ˈmer-ə-təs \
Updated on: 15 Apr 2018

Definition of emeritus

plural emeriti play \i-ˈmer-ə-ˌtī, -ˌtē\
: a person retired from professional life but permitted to retain as an honorary title the rank of the last office held

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First Known Use of emeritus

circa 1701

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emeritus

adjective

Definition of emeritus

1 : holding after retirement an honorary title corresponding to that held last during active service
2 : retired from an office or position
  • professor emeritus
converted to emeriti after a plural
  • professors emeriti

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Origin and Etymology of emeritus

Latin, past participle of emereri to serve out one's term, from e- + mereri, merēre to earn, deserve, serve — more at merit

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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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