Retired is a term used to describe a former role-player, someone who has ceased his or her role-playing activities or active membership of the role-playing community. While the term encompasses any former role-player, it is often only used as an honorific to describe a (notable) person who has left the community. That aside, a role-player may also be considered retired when he or she is still actively part of the community, but has decided to no longer actively role-play.
The stance towards retired role-players varies greatly from one community to another. In some communities, experience has shown that many of their members return after a while, and therefore a role-player's retirement is treated as trivial or only vaguely important. In other circles however, the moment a role-player retires may be a definite goodbye.