Definition of alumna
alumnaeplay \-(ˌ)nē also -ˌnī\
1 : a girl or woman who has attended or has graduated from a particular school, college, or university an alumna of Smith College
2 : a girl or woman who is a former member, employee, contributor, or inmate an alumna of a TV series
Examples of alumna in a Sentence
a group of Harvard alumnae
Recent Examples of alumna from the Web
The citation honors an alumnus or alumna for exceptional volunteer service to, and support of, Northfield Mount Hermon.
One additional Loyola student and one alumna received Fulbright offers but chose not to accept them, Murret said.
An alumnae choir and interpretive liturgical dancers led the procession as an alumna from each of the 55 years carried their respective yearbook into the gym.
Fischer, a Laguna Beach High product, was tied for team-high honors by Corona del Mar alumna Maddie Musselman, who also scored twice.
ICYMI: out of this world news for KU alumna @LunarLoral.
The rising filmmaker also got a chance to meet and shake hands with an alumna of the AFI Conservatory — Patty Jenkins.
Allen received a distinguished alumna of the year honor in March for her career and philanthropy from her alma mater, Harpeth Hall, the independent, women's college preparatory school in Nashville.
One of Shahidi’s mentors—and the author of one of her recommendation letters—was none other than Michelle Obama, Harvard alumna and the mother of incoming Harvard freshman Malia Obama, who will start there this fall after her own gap year.
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Alumnus or Alumna?
Many people are comfortable using the word alumni to refer to someone who was a student of a particular school. However, others feel quite strongly that this is an error and that the following forms should be used: alumnus (for one male), alumni (for multiple males, or for a mix of males and females), alumna (for one female), and alumnae (for multiple females). The shortened form alum and its plural form alums began to be used in the 19th century. Initially, alum was widely viewed as highly colloquial or informal, but is increasing in use as a gender-neutral alternative.
Origin and Etymology of alumna
Latin, feminine of alumnus
First Known Use: 1843See Words from the same year
ALUMNA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of alumna for English Language Learners
: a woman who was a student at a particular school, college, or university
ALUMNA Defined for Kids
Definition of alumna for Students
: a girl or woman who has attended or has graduated from a school, college, or university
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