Definition of emeritus in English:


Pronunciation /əˈmerədəs/ /əˈmɛrədəs/

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  • (of the former holder of an office, especially a college professor) having retired but allowed to retain their title as an honor.

    ‘emeritus professor of microbiology’
    • ‘the gallery's director emeritus’
    • ‘During his travels, Holder, a professor emeritus at Illinois State University, painted what he saw.’
    • ‘Hale is vice provost and professor emeritus at Ohio State University.’
    • ‘Rogers held this post until he retired in 1986, when he became professor emeritus and remained at University College.’
    • ‘Now an emeritus professor of Manchester University, he has lectured all over the world.’
    • ‘Baxter is a professor emeritus at the University of Windsor whose diverse body of work includes photography, light boxes and sculpture.’
    • ‘He is professor emeritus at the University of Arizona's Optical Sciences Center.’
    • ‘At present he is emeritus professor from the University of Marburg.’
    • ‘He is professor of theology emeritus at the University of Tubingen.’
    • ‘He is professor of sociology and education emeritus at Harvard University.’
    • ‘Gil is professor emeritus of education at The University of Connecticut, and he now joins us as senior editor.’
    • ‘This year seven professors will be receiving the title of professor emeritus at convocation ceremonies.’
    • ‘He was appointed professor at Reading in 1977 and became emeritus professor on his retirement.’
    • ‘He taught at NYU, Columbia University and Barnard College, where he was professor emeritus.’
    • ‘Meier is a professor emeritus of history at Kent State University.’
    • ‘He has been a professor emeritus of marketing at Kansas State University since 1997.’
    • ‘He was, however, permitted to keep his library and was granted an emeritus professorship by the University.’
    • ‘He is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor emeritus of physics at Stanford University.’
    • ‘He is professor emeritus at the Department of Geography, University College London.’
    • ‘He is professor emeritus of English at the University of Houston.’
    • ‘He is a professor emeritus of physics at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.’
    former, ex-, emeritus, past, in retirement, pensioned, pensioned off


Mid 18th century from Latin, past participle of emereri ‘earn one's discharge by service’, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out of, from’ + mereri ‘earn’.