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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The Del Campo High School graduate and former Kings swingman is joining some teammates from his college alma mater in The Basketball Tournament, a winner-take-all event that pays $2 million. Noel Harris, sacbee, "How Matt Barnes and others with ties to the Kings are vying to win $2 million," 14 June 2018 Marve, who played two seasons in the Canadian Football League and and has reportedly worked both at the Tampa Sports Academy and with quarterbacks at his alma mater Tampa Plant, had a short, tumultuous career with the Hurricanes. Christy Cabrera Chirinos,, "Report: Ex-UM quarterback Robert Marve facing sexual assault, battery allegations," 12 July 2018 The previous director, former UC player Doug Rosfeld, left in December to become head coach at his prep alma mater Moeller High School. Tom Groeschen,, "Cincinnati Bearcats: Former St. Xavier, NFL player Greg Scruggs joins UC football staff," 10 July 2018 His prowess and professionalism were recalled fondly during a ceremony at his alma mater that attracted hundreds of people, including friends, family, colleagues and those whom McNamara touched through his work. David Ginsburg, The Seattle Times, "Capital Gazette writer McNamara ‘always fair in his writing’," 10 July 2018 Southlake Carroll Can former Dragon great Riley Dodge lead his alma mater back to the glory days in his first season as a head coach? Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Best of the best: DFW's Top 10 football teams in 2018," 6 July 2018 But that sales pitch won’t be made by Moos, who left his alma mater for greener pastures at Nebraska two months after that e-mail exchange. Christopher Schnaars, USA TODAY, "Is overspending catching up to these Power 5 schools?," 28 June 2018 Boys coach of the year Rodney Wells, Dr. Phillips, football Former Dr. Phillips linebacker Rodney Wells coached his alma mater to its first-ever state football championship. Buddy Collings,, "Varsity Awards: Alana Wolfberg, Joey Silva win top athlete honors," 16 June 2018 My alma mater, City College of New York, was a national champion. Gerald Eskenazi, WSJ, "I’m Sick of World Cup Fever," 9 July 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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: the school, college, or university that someone attended

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