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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David Koch graduated in 1958 from Deerfield Academy, a prep school in Massachusetts, and then entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his father's alma mater, which was also attended by his brothers Charles and William. Bill Hewitt, Anchorage Daily News, "David Koch, billionaire industrialist who influenced conservative politics, dies at 79," 23 Aug. 2019 Will Scott Frost really go from 4-8 to a playoff berth in his second season at his alma mater? Unlikely. C.j. Doon,, "College Football Playoff: 10ish teams outside the top 10 that can actually make the CFP," 23 Aug. 2019 Middlebrooks is back at his alma mater this year as a receivers coach on a staff that has other familiar names. Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, "High School Football Preview: Fountain Valley looks to build with new coach Chris Anderson," 13 Aug. 2019 Playing on youth teams, starring in high school at Mounds View, becoming the Gophers’ record-setting QB, making it to the NFL, then proudly coaching at his alma mater until a year ago. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Kyle Rudolph says Vikings have learned from ’18 mistakes," 10 Aug. 2019 The tree can, however, be found on other college campuses, including the University of California-Davis, Gladish’s alma mater. Maia Anderson,, "The iboga tree affair: A confiscated shrub, hallucinogenics and suspended professors rile Miami University campus," 3 July 2019 Bishop, who graduated from Willis in 1995 and now resides in Conroe, is just one of the former quarterback stars helping out with the Piney Woods Passing Academy this week at his alma mater. Jon Poorman, Houston Chronicle, "Former star quarterbacks assist with Passing Academy," 25 June 2019 Among the protestors: students at Yale Law School, the Supreme Court nominee’s alma mater. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Yale Law School Students Hold Sit-In to Protest Brett Kavanaugh," 24 Sep. 2018 It is comprised largely of former special-forces types who are looked down upon by their more sophisticated competitors in the SVR, successor to Mr. Putin’s alma mater, the KGB. Michael B. Mukasey, WSJ, "The Russia Indictments: Why Now?," 16 July 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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: the school, college, or university that someone attended

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