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emeritus Syllabification: e·mer·i·tus
Pronunciation: /əˈmerədəs/

Definition of emeritus in English:


(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 [postpositive]: the gallery’s director emeritus
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  • 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.


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'.

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