alumnus

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noun alum·nus \ə-ˈləm-nəs\

Definition of alumnus

plural

alumni

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  1. 1 :  a person who has attended or has graduated from a particular school, college, or university an alumnus of Columbia University —usually used of a man in the singular but often of men and women in the plural

  2. 2 :  a person who is a former member, employee, contributor, or inmate a Saturday Night Live alumnus

Examples of alumnus in a Sentence

  1. Her parents are alumni of the state university.

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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 alumnus

Latin, foster son, pupil, from alere to nourish — more at old


ALUMNUS Defined for English Language Learners

alumnus

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Definition of alumnus for English Language Learners

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


ALUMNUS Defined for Kids

alumnus

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noun alum·nus \ə-ˈləm-nəs\

Definition of alumnus for Students

plural

alumni

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  1. :  a person who has attended or has graduated from a school, college, or university


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