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.
Recent Examples on the Web Frasor, a Brother Rice graduate who went on to play at North Carolina, returned to his high school alma mater in 2015 and went 143-57 over seven seasons, winning a pair of regional titles and two Catholic League Blue championships. Steve Millar, Chicago Tribune, 5 Aug. 2022 Glenn’s full name is Auburn Brock Glenn, as he’s named after his grandfather’s alma mater. Nick Alvarez |, al, 30 July 2022 In all, investors and entrepreneurs shared an alma mater in one-third of venture deals. Alina Dizik, WSJ, 27 July 2022 Chappelle has defended his jokes by touting artistic expression, doubling down in a recent speech given at his alma mater released by Netflix. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 20 July 2022 Behind the plate, there is no better example than Smith, who had already reached out to the club’s newest prospect — and his alma mater’s latest catching product — within minutes of his selection Sunday night. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2022 That same year, Williams was inducted into the hall of fame at Baton Rouge Episcopal, his high school alma mater. Aria Gerson, USA TODAY, 9 July 2022 Breyer, a graduate of Stanford and Harvard law, joined the faculty of his alma mater Harvard in 1967 and taught there for years. Jessica Gresko, ajc, 7 July 2022 Before retiring in 2010, Andrews also taught at other schools in the greater Watts area of L.A., including Fremont High School, Los Angeles Southwest College and King-Drew Medical & Science Magnet in addition to his college alma mater in Long Beach. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, 7 July 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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