alumna

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noun alum·na \ə-ˈləm-nə\

Definition of alumna

plural

alumnae

play \-(ˌ)nē also -ˌnī\
  1. 1 :  a girl or woman who has attended or has graduated from a particular school, college, or university an alumna of Smith College

  2. 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

  1. a group of Harvard alumnae

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: 1843


ALUMNA Defined for English Language Learners

alumna

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noun alum·na \ə-ˈləm-nə\

Definition of alumna for English Language Learners

  • : a woman who was a student at a particular school, college, or university


ALUMNA Defined for Kids

alumna

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noun alum·na \ə-ˈləm-nə\

Definition of alumna for Students

plural

alumnae

\-ˌnē\
  1. :  a girl or woman who has attended or has graduated from a school, college, or university


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