alma mater

noun
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.
Recent Examples on the Web That was a mayoral election year, and there was a tense rivalry between incumbent Mayor Kevin White and then-state Senator Joseph F. Timilty, said Wilkie, 78, who teaches journalism at his alma mater, the University of Mississippi. BostonGlobe.com, "Doyle’s Cafe," 13 Sep. 2019 A few years ago, Haines was the head coach at his alma mater, Mayville State in North Dakota, and current Central coach David Pena was an assistant. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Imperial Valley League prep football preview," 16 Aug. 2019 Rooted in Chicago That university was his alma mater, and his family had deep roots in Chicago. Linda Greenhouse, New York Times, "Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Who Led Liberal Wing, Dies at 99," 16 July 2019 Angileri is also involved in fundraising efforts at both his high school and collegiate alma maters through his storytelling, lending his efforts as a volunteer to environmental protection and equal rights. Rachel K. Hindery, chicagotribune.com, "Journalist, golfer and attorney inducted into Ridgewood High School Hall of Fame," 16 Sep. 2019 Gene was passionate about his alma mater and loved dogs, donations may be made in his name to Pace University and various animal shelters. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 8/25," 25 Aug. 2019 In the early 1970s, Job was a rising star and two-time Olympian who smashed records for both his swim club and his alma mater. Erin Woo, The Mercury News, "Palo Alto: The tragic demise of an Olympic swimmer turned ‘outdoor citizen’," 24 Aug. 2019 College may not pay off for all students, but those who pick their majors and alma maters wisely have a better chance of getting a return on their investment. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Graduates of these U.S. colleges earn the most," 20 Aug. 2019 Ohio State hosts the Cincinnati Bearcats - which received 16 votes, good for 34th overall, in the poll - on Sept. 7 at Ohio Stadium, with UC head coach Luke Fickell facing his alma mater and former employer. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio State Buckeyes among seven Big Ten teams in AP Top 25 college football poll," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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“Alma mater.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alma%20mater. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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alma mater

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English Language Learners Definition of alma mater

: the school, college, or university that someone attended

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