Emeritus is a term that has a Latin origin. We will examine the definition of the word emeritus, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

Emeritus is used to mean a certain rank or title from which someone has retired, and is allowed to keep that rank or title as a token of respect or honor. For instance, university professors who have served an institution long and faithfully, or have made significant contributions to a field, are often granted emeritus status at their retirement. Emeritus is also often used to honor longtime leaders in non-profit organizations or businesses. The word emeritus is derived from the Latin word emeritus, which means a soldier who is a veteran and has retired from service. The plural form of emeritus is emeriti.


Longtime Coconino Community College professors and administrators David Bowman and Monica Baker received professor emeritus status at the April 23 meeting of the CCC District Governing Board. (The Arizona Daily Sun)

Malott was elected a trustee of the University in 1976. He served as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1993, was elected a life trustee in 1993, and was named a trustee emeritus in 2007. (The University of Chicago News)

McDaniel College will hold its 148th commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, with professor emeritus Francis “Skip” Fennell as the commencement speaker, the college announced Tuesday. (The Carrol County Times)

Ferris State University faculty and emeriti, who have earned Fulbright scholarships, will gather on Thursday, April 19 to welcome Ivo Soljan, for a 25th-anniversary Robert C. Ferguson Foreign Lecture presentation, “Are We Any Wiser Today: One More Disappointing WORLD DIS-ORDER.” (The Ferris State Torch)