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 But Joe has a master’s in epidemiology from my alma mater, UCLA., "Who will emerge as the top dog in the NBA’s Eastern Conference? There’s no easy answer," 1 May 2021 His son, Matt, played four years at his father’s alma mater, Michigan State. Mallory Busch,, "1985 Chicago Bears: Where are they now?," 24 Apr. 2021 Schureman will replace Joe Germaine, who last week took the head coaching job at his alma mater, Mesa Mountain View. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Travis Schureman returns as Queen Creek's head football coach," 23 Apr. 2021 Assistant Ben Johnson took the head coaching job at his alma mater, Minnesota. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, "Offseason update: Xavier men's basketball promotes assistant coach Jonas Hayes," 19 Apr. 2021 Melissa Pereira saw the news about her alma mater, that the University of Hartford might move from Division I to Division III level athletics, and her first reaction was shock. Dom Amore,, "Athletes, alums, speaking up, signing up to oppose UHart’s possible move to Division III," 12 Apr. 2021 Equally amusing is the story behind how his gold Nobel medal ended up at Yale University, Lewis' alma mater. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, "A new exhibit argues for the timeliness of famed Minnesota author Sinclair Lewis," 8 Apr. 2021 While Harsin returned to his alma mater, Boise State, the following year, Bedell went a different direction and made two more stops before becoming a Bronco. Giana Han, al, "Brad Bedell’s switch from offensive line to tight ends coach, from Boise State to Auburn, going ‘awesome’," 7 Apr. 2021 Schools like the California Institute of Technology and New Mexico State University (my alma mater) are well-known for their business incubators, where entrepreneurs can seek help to launch successful start-ups. Forbes, "How Colleges And Universities Can Accelerate Small-Business Investment," 6 Apr. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Alma mater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of alma mater

: the school, college, or university that someone attended

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