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 Pebblebrook is also the alma mater of current Jaguars standout Trhae Mitchell. Creg Stephenson |, al, "South Alabama picks up basketball commitment from Georgia standout Tyler Shirley," 4 Mar. 2020 Mathias was a third-round pick of the Indians out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo — the alma mater of former Brewers Logan Schafer and Mitch Haniger — in 2015. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mark Mathias has stepped out of his comfort zone this spring — and is impressing," 29 Feb. 2020 Burrow’s options included Nebraska, which is the alma mater of his dad and older brothers, Jamie and Dan, and Cincinnati, where former Ohio State assistant coach Luke Fickell had become head coach. Branson Wright, cleveland, "'An example of humanity’: Athens County knows social awareness is nothing new for LSU quarterback Joe Burrow," 27 Dec. 2019 For technology aficionados, the University of Helsinki’s computer science department is known as the alma mater of Linus Torvalds, the Finnish software engineer who developed the Linux operating system during his studies there in the early 1990s. Jari Tanner, The Denver Post, "Finland offers crash course in artificial intelligence to European Union," 22 Dec. 2019 Kimberly grew up in Orlando and graduated from Winter Park High School before attending Wake Forest University – the alma mater of both of her parents., "Deaths in Central Florida: 11/7," 7 Nov. 2019 He was educated at Groton, alma mater of several generations of Roosevelts. Jesse Kornbluth, ELLE Decor, "This Soaring Manhattan Loft Plays Host to Some of the City's Best Fests," 16 Oct. 2019 Purdue is the alma mater of a host of astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, Gus Grissom, who was the second American in space, and Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon. Fox News, "Purdue honors Apollo 11 with Moon-themed helmets for homecoming game," 12 Oct. 2019 Skolnick and fellow alumni help their nerd fraternity block a power play at the old alma mater. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019

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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 1 Apr. 2020.

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: the school, college, or university that someone attended

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