(Adding local short description: "Honorary title for professors who want to stay active in scholarship following retirement" (Shortdesc helper))
feminine '''''emerita''''' or '''''emeritus'''''; plural '''''emeriti''''' (masc.) or '''''emeritae''''' (fem.); abbreviation '''''emer.'''''
|group=Note}} in its current usage, is an adjective used to designate a retired [[professor]], [[Priesthood (Catholic Church)|pastor]], [[bishop]], [[pope]], [[Company director|director]], [[president]], [[prime minister]], [[rabbi]], or other person.
In some cases, the term is conferred automatically upon all persons who retire at a given rank, but in others, it remains a mark of distinguished service, awarded to only a few on retirement. It is also used when a person of distinction in a profession retires or hands over the position, enabling their former rank to be retained in their title, e.g., "Professor Emeritus". The term ''emeritus'' does not necessarily signify that a person has relinquished all the duties of their former position, and they may continue to exercise some of them.