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. Used of a woman: a professor emerita.
  • n. A woman who is retired but retains an honorary title corresponding to that held immediately before retirement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. The female equivalent of emeritus.
  • n. Plural form of emeritum.


Latin ēmerita, feminine of ēmeritus; see emeritus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin ēmerita, the feminine singular form of ēmeritus. (Wiktionary)
From the Latin ēmerita, a substantive use of the neuter plural form of ēmeritus. (Wiktionary)


  • "Well, I hope 'emerita' doesn't mean 'over the hill,' but I'm truly honored -- blown away, in fact," Engh said.

    M.J. Engh Named 2009 Author Emerita

  • She also served as a board member for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute; director emerita and national trustee of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation; and as a national advisory board member for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

    Kara Kennedy dead at 51

  • She had served as chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women and worked alongside civil rights pioneers in the 1960s, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., future U.S. Rep. John Lewis and A. Philip Randolph.

    Obama to deliver eulogy for Dorothy Height

  • Finally, I know this is a bit mad, but I just had to smile at this response by the Times to the Ruth Padel (Oxford Professor of Poetry emerita) resignation: top ten smear campaigns.


  • "You had to learn how to wear it," said Pat Lacey, a Playboy magazine Bunny emerita, describing the unmistakable suit she donned from 1965 to 1978.

    The Bunny Is Back

  • She is a trustee emerita of Barnard and has contributed millions of dollars to the college over the years, including funding a prize given annually to seniors majoring in art history and a professorship of art history.

    Barnard Alumna Shows Art of Giving

  • As the executive director of Democracy Matters -- a national student organization -- and as an emerita professor of sociology, I spend a great deal of my time teaching classes and speaking on college campuses throughout the country about social change.

    Joan Mandle: Occupy Wall Street and Student Empowerment

  • American Folk Art Museum's curator emerita, Lee Kogan , will discuss its place in America's long tradition of creating Quilts of Conscience to address urgent social issues.

    Many Ways to Mark Anniversary

  • So does an essay in the Glimmerglass program by Carol Troyen, curator emerita at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and guest curator of "A Window Into Edward Hopper," a concurrent exhibition at the Fenimore Art Museum.

    A Peek Behind Those Paintings

  • Most of what we know about cancer is based on studies of non-Hispanic white people, but by the middle of the century that group will be only 38% of the population, said panel member Margaret L. Kripke, a professor emerita of immunology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

    Report: 'Urgent need' for research on cancer among minorities


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