alma mater

al·​ma ma·​ter | \ ˌal-mə-ˈmä-tər How to pronounce alma mater (audio) \

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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While Pitt appears to be on its way back, Capel understands the gap between his club and his alma mater remains massive. Will Graves, The Seattle Times, "Williamson scores 25, No. 2 Duke shuts down Pitt 79-64," 22 Jan. 2019 As Christine Blasey Ford testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, a dozen women who had attended her high school joined hands in the atrium outside the building and began singing their alma mater song. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Hundreds of people showed up to thank Ford for testifying," 27 Sep. 2018 The memorial service was held at a packed chapel on the campus of Belmont University, Yorlets’ alma mater. Travis Loller, The Seattle Times, "Loved ones remember Nashville musician killed in robbery," 11 Feb. 2019 My alma mater has produced no shortage of confident, independent women. Liana Schaffner, Teen Vogue, "The Boys at Brett Kavanaugh's School Called the Girls at Mine the "Whores on the Hill" and I Believed Them," 27 Sep. 2018 Thanks to multimillion-dollar gifts, three university entrepreneurship centers in the region bear his name — at Purdue, U of L and Ball State, Schnatter's alma mater. David Harten, The Courier-Journal, "John Schnatter resigns as chairman of Papa John's after using N-word," 11 July 2018 Richardson's name or image also can be found in other parts of Charlotte and in Spartanburg, S.C. at his alma mater Wofford College. Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "In wake of NFL fine, here's the status of Jerry Richardson statues, stadium names," 2 July 2018 Masonry department head Michael Daigle, who is retiring this year, was also honored for his 30 years as a teacher at Ellis Tech, his alma mater. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Ellis Tech Class Of 2018 Called 'Spirited, Challenging, Committed'," 26 June 2018 Former University of Georgia safety Marc Deas has been brought in to coordinate the defense after working as an assistant at Osceola, his alma mater. J.c. Carnahan,, "Osceola County's Tohopekaliga High to play football as independent in 2018," 20 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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