Simple Definition of alumna
: a woman who was a student at a particular school, college, or university
Full Definition of alumna
plural alumnaeplay \-(ˌ)nē also -ˌnī\
1 : a girl or woman who has attended or has graduated from a particular school, college, or university
2 : a girl or woman who is a former member, employee, contributor, or inmate
Examples of alumna in a sentence
a group of Harvard alumnae
Alumnus or Alumna?
Many people are comfortable using the word alumni to refer to someone who was a student of a particular school. However, others feel quite strongly that this is an error and that the following forms should be used: alumnus (for one male), alumni (for multiple males, or for a mix of males and females), alumna (for one female), and alumnae (for multiple females). The shortened form alum and its plural form alums began to be used in the 19th century. Initially, alum was widely viewed as highly colloquial or informal, but is increasing in use as a gender-neutral alternative.
Origin of alumna
Latin, feminine of alumnus
First Known Use: 1843
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Definition of alumna for Students
plural alumnae \-ˌnē\
: a girl or woman who has attended or has graduated from a school, college, or university
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