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alma mater

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noun al·ma ma·ter \ˌal-mə-ˈmä-tər\

Simple Definition of alma mater

  • : the school, college, or university that someone attended

Full Definition of alma mater

  1. 1 :  a school, college, or university which one has attended or from which one has graduated

  2. 2 :  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


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