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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In his nine seasons Rueck has established his alma mater as a perennial power. John Kekis, The Seattle Times, "Fuehring, Durr lead Louisville past Oregon State 61-44," 29 Mar. 2019 Sean Hinton, who led his alma mater Thatcher High School to the last two 2A state football championships, is no longer coaching. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Sean Hinton out as football coach at 2-time defending 2A state champion Thatcher," 3 July 2018 Webster coach Jarrod Washburn talks about coaching his alma mater to its first state baseball championship. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "16 years after winning a World Series, Jarrod Washburn coaches Webster to state title," 14 June 2018 One of them attended my alma mater, University of Wisconsin-Madison, so right away I felt drawn to him. Allison Berres, Good Housekeeping, "Breast-Reduction Surgery Made Me Feel More Sensual, Youthful, and Confident," 9 Nov. 2018 McNamara was the author of two books about athletics at his alma mater, the University of Maryland. Elizabeth Chuck /, NBC News, "Capital Gazette shooting victims remembered as passionate employees, dedicated family members," 29 June 2018 Nolan, 44, comes off an 18-year stint as an assistant and head coach at his alma mater, Marist. Paul Johnson, Naperville Sun, "Summer school: New Naperville North coach Gene Nolan, players getting to know each other," 21 June 2018 Chadwick Boseman at Howard University Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman, gave the commencement address at his alma mater Howard University’s 2018 graduation. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Best Celebrity Commencement Speeches of 2018 (So Far)," 11 June 2018 An artist-residency program was inspired by the caring tutelage of two of Carter’s boyhood art teachers and the mentorship of Ken Ferguson, professor of ceramics at his alma mater, the Kansas City Art Institute. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "Studio visit with Richard Carter in his 1874 Napa County farmhouse," 8 June 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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