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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At our alma mater, as some of us were drunkenly figuring selfie angles, Kuritzkes was becoming a low-key YouTube star. The New Yorker, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 4 June 2019 Bears coach Matt Nagy, no stranger to inventive play calls with equally creative names, vowed to add another one in honor of his alma mater, the University of Delaware. Phil Thompson,, "Matt Nagy says there will be a new Bears touchdown play this season named after his alma mater," 3 June 2019 In five seasons as head coach at his alma mater, the University of Sioux Falls, DeBoer went 67-3 and won three NAIA national championships. Michael Marot, The Seattle Times, "Coordinator change creates new wrinkles in Hoosiers offense," 11 Apr. 2019 Mike Bibby is always looking to spread his wings for bigger basketball coaching opportunities, while also stacking state high school championships in Arizona at his alma mater, Phoenix Shadow Mountain. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Mike Bibby getting 'feet wet' with Memphis Grizzlies NBA Summer League team," 12 July 2018 In 2015, Williams played college football at his father's alma mater, Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Son of Dallas Cowboys great charged with murder," 19 June 2018 Richan hails from the same college alma mater as Cubs star Kris Bryant. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs' draft features a West Coast lean," 5 June 2018 As usual, the alma mater of Baker Mayfield has a stellar QB in junior Hudson Card, who, as a backup, threw for 604 yards and six TDs and ran 66 times for 459 yards and six TDs and also caught 69 passes for 1,137 yards and 13 TDs. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Wait, that's it? Only two TXHSFB teams made this national preseason Top 25," 31 May 2018 Beatrice was educated at St George’s School (the alma mater of Prince Richard’s daughters Lady Davina Lewis and Lady Rose Gilman) and in 2011 graduated from Goldsmiths College in London. The Editors, Town & Country, "The British Royal Family Tree," 19 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of alma mater

: the school, college, or university that someone attended

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