alma mater

noun al·ma ma·ter \ ˌal-mə-ˈmä-tər \
Updated on: 18 Feb 2018

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

  1. I visited my old alma mater last week.

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Origin and Etymology of alma mater

Latin, fostering mother


ALMA MATER Defined for English Language Learners

alma mater

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Definition of alma mater for English Language Learners

  • : the school, college, or university that someone attended


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