alma mater

al·​ma ma·​ter | \ ˌal-mə-ˈmä-tər \

Definition of alma mater 

1 : a school, college, or university which one has attended or from which one has graduated went to a class reunion at his alma mater
2 : the song or hymn of a school, college, or university "Hey, Harvard boy, sing your alma mater!" shouted an obnoxious producer.— Phil Kloer

Examples of alma mater in a Sentence

I visited my old alma mater last week.

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Over the years, by Inside Higher Ed’s count, Cosby has been the recipient of at least 60 honorary degrees, and dozens of colleges had already revoked the honor before Yale did—including Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University, which did so last week. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "Cosby’s Honorary Degree Is the First Yale Has Rescinded in 300-Plus Years," 2 May 2018 College students at Kavanaugh’s alma mater, Yale University and Yale Law School, were among the protestors participating that day and in the days since. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Counterprotesters Confronted Young Conservatives at a Pro-Kavanaugh Campus Rally," 3 Oct. 2018 Florida Gators Tebow’s alma mater will host LSU on Oct. 6 in Gainesville, and the school’s athletics website is offering tickets as low as $50 (not counting fees, of course). Stephen Ruiz,, "$145, anyone? Tim Tebow helps drive online cost of Eastern League All-Star Game ticket," 10 July 2018 White, a graduating senior from Nimitz High School in Houston, Thomas’s alma mater, was instructed to write out a big display check for the remaining expenses for his first year of college. Jenny Vrentas,, "For Many NFL Players, Summer Doesn't Bring Much of a Break," 9 July 2018 The Courant interview with Allen was conducted shortly before Allen’s alma mater released more than 1,300 pages of documents detailing the reasons for moving to terminate his former teammate Kevin Ollie as the Huskies men’s basketball coach. Shawn Mcfarland,, "For Ray Allen, UConn Retiring His Jersey Would Be A 'Great Honor'," 21 June 2018 Carter, 51, has coached college basketball for more than 20 years, including stops at Washington, Diablo Valley Community College, Eastern Washington, two stints at his Saint Mary’s alma mater, Nevada and Georgia. Don Norcross,, "USD hires David Carter, completing basketball coaching staff," 11 June 2018 The lyric video for the song also features students from the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts, Groban’s alma mater, to help convey the track's anthemic lyrics. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Josh Groban Releases Inspiring New Single 'Granted': Listen," 8 June 2018 The bet stemmed from La Stella’s alma mater, Coastal Carolina, beating Arrieta’s Texas Christian in the 2016 College World Series semifinals. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs ready to welcome Jake Arrieta back to Wrigley Field," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of alma mater

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alma mater

Latin, fostering mother

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English Language Learners Definition of alma mater

: the school, college, or university that someone attended

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