What does emeritus mean?

Definitions for emeritus
ɪˈmɛr ɪ təs; -ˌtaɪ, -ˌtiemer·i·tus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. emeritusadjective

    a professor or minister who is retired from assigned duties

  2. emeritusadjective

    honorably retired from assigned duties and retaining your title along with the additional title `emeritus' as in `professor emeritus'


  1. emeritusnoun

    A person retired in this sense (feminine form emerita).

    Oh, you veteran crime reporter, you grave old usher, you once popular policeman, now in solitary confinement after gracing that school crossing for years, you wretched emeritus read to by a boy! uE000183452uE001 Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955)

  2. emeritusadjective

    retired, but retaining an honorific version of previous title; especially used with professor.

  3. Etymology: From emeritus.


  1. Emeritus

    Emeritus (; female: emerita) is an adjective used to designate a retired chair, professor, pastor, bishop, pope, director, president, prime minister, rabbi, emperor, or other person who has been "permitted to retain as an honorary title the rank of the last office held".In some cases, the term is conferred automatically upon all persons who retire at a given rank, but in others, it remains a mark of distinguished service awarded selectively on retirement. It is also used when a person of distinction in a profession retires or hands over the position, enabling their former rank to be retained in their title, e.g., "professor emeritus". The term emeritus does not necessarily signify that a person has relinquished all the duties of their former position, and they may continue to exercise some of them. In the description of deceased professors emeriti listed at U.S. universities, the title emeritus is replaced by indicating the years of their appointments except in obituaries, where it may indicate their status at the time of death.


  1. emeritus

    Emeritus is a title or status often given to an individual, usually someone who has retired from a position, as a sign of honor for their distinguished service. It is often used in academic, religious, or corporate contexts, such as professors or directors, allowing them to retain their title even after retirement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Emeritusadjective

    honorably discharged from the performance of public duty on account of age, infirmity, or long and faithful services; -- said of an officer of a college or pastor of a church

  2. Emeritusnoun

    a veteran who has honorably completed his service

  3. Etymology: [L.]


  1. Emeritus

    Emeritus is a Latin past participle that means "having served one's time" or "having merited one's discharge by service". In current usage, it is a postpositive adjective used to designate a retired professor, bishop, president, prime minister, or other professional; as such it refers to the post-retirement status of at least one pope. The female equivalent, emerita, is also sometimes used, but phrases such as professor emerita are not in proper usage according to Latin grammar rules.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Emeritus

    e-mer′i-tus, adj. honourably discharged from the performance of public duty, esp. noting a retired professor.—n. one who has been honourably discharged from public duties:—pl. Emer′iti. [L. emeritus, having served one's time—emerēri, to deserve, do one's duty—e, sig. completeness, and merēre, to deserve.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of emeritus in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of emeritus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of emeritus in a Sentence

  1. Pope Francis:

    I want to ask you all for a special prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict who sustains the Church in his silence. He is very sick. We ask the Lord to console and sustain him in this witness of love for the Church to the very end.

  2. Pope Francis:

    In general, I think what Benedict so courageously did was to open the door to the popes emeritus. Benedict should not be considered an exception, but an institution.

  3. Pope Francis:

    I want to ask you all for a special prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict who sustains the Church in his silence. He is very sick, we ask the Lord to console and sustain him in this witness of love for the Church to the very end.

  4. Pyon Jinil:

    Toshimitsu Shigemura, professor emeritus of Waseda University and North Korea expert, also noted the desperation to meet fishing harvest quotas has pushed fishermen to travel farther out. Kim Jong Un is seeking to make North Korea self-sufficient in food, but its sources of protein continues to fall. The rogue nation remains vulnerable to health problems caused by the lack of a varied, balanced diet. Eight skeletal remains were found in a boat, one of the earlier gruesome discoveries. (Kyodo via Reuters) Fishermen are desperate to meet annual catch goals, which are elevated to higher levels every year, Shigemura said. Pyon added: Since then, fishermen have been frantically trying to meet [annual] catch goals, but what's different this year is that they are traveling to distant waters in their fragile boats.

  5. Robin Rathmell:

    Saudi Arabia.In 2012's been the victim of a campaign of harassment headed by the King Emeritus [ Juan Carlos ] for eight years.

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