An emeritus is a retired college professor or minister. When a professor stops teaching, she might be given the title of emeritus, which basically means she can still be remembered as a successful professor.

The word emeritus, pronounced "eh-MER-ih-tus," is Latin, originally meaning "veteran soldier." The honorary adjective is most often used with professor, but it applies to other professions whose retirees continue to hold their title, like ministers. The word emeritus usually goes after the job title, but it can also come before, like emeritus editor.

Definitions of emeritus
  1. noun
    a professor or minister who is retired from assigned duties
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    type of:
    retired person, retiree
    someone who has retired from active working
  2. adjective
    honorably retired from assigned duties and retaining your title along with the additional title `emeritus' as in `professor emeritus'
    (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age
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