from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Retired but retaining an honorary title corresponding to that held immediately before retirement: a professor emeritus.
- n. One who is retired but retains an honorary title corresponding to that held immediately before retirement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. retired, but retaining an honorific version of previous title; especially used with professor.
- n. A person retired in this sense (feminine form emerita).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. 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.
- n. A veteran who has honorably completed his service.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having served out one's time; having done sufficient service; discharged with honor from the performance of public duty on account of infirmity, age, or long service, but retained on the rolls: as, a professor emeritus; a rector emeritus.
- n. In Roman history, a soldier or public functionary who had served out his time and retired from service. Such servants were entitled to some remuneration answering to modern half pay.
- n. One who has served out his time or done sufficient service; one who has been honorably discharged from public service or from a public office, as an officer in a university or college, usually with continuance of full or partial emolument.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a professor or minister who is retired from assigned duties
- adj. honorably retired from assigned duties and retaining your title along with the additional title `emeritus' as in `professor emeritus'
Latin ēmeritus, past participle of ēmerērī, to earn by service : ē-, ex-, from; see ex- + merērī, to deserve, earn; see (s)mer-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin emeritus. (Wiktionary)