alma mater

al·ma ma·ter

noun \ˌal-mə-ˈmä-tər\

: the school, college, or university that someone attended

Full Definition of ALMA MATER

:  a school, college, or university which one has attended or from which one has graduated
:  the song or hymn of a school, college, or university

Examples of ALMA MATER

  1. I visited my old alma mater last week.

Origin of ALMA MATER

Latin, fostering mother
First Known Use: 1651

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis


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