Definition of alumnus
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 : a person who is a former member, employee, contributor, or inmate a Saturday Night Live alumnus
Examples of alumnus in a Sentence
Her parents are alumni of the state university.
Recent Examples of alumnus from the Web
In 2015, the group allowed women to join, in part due to pressure from the school's administration, and was met with blowback from the alumni community.
Reece and Thomas are both alumni of Withrow University High School.
The three-week program was designed by the Johnson sisters, both Ransom Everglades alumni, in collaboration with professional swimming instructors.
Meanwhile, Fox alumni Greta van Susteren was seen as someone who could book big Washington guests from the Republican side of the aisle.
The leadership of AQAP, the branch that has placed multiple explosives on passenger airplanes, includes alumni of both Yemeni black sites and Guantánamo, facts that the group deploys generously in its propaganda.
Now, he's hired a bunch of Goldman Sachs alumni to run the management of his economic policy, including Steven Mnuchin, who ran a foreclosure mill during the Great Recession.
A biography posted on the theater’s website lists von Metzke as an alumnus of the program.
BLOOMINGTON -- Indiana appears poised to have at least two players picked in this year's NBA draft, and the Hoosiers might land their first alumnus in the lottery since 2014.
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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.
ALUMNUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of alumnus for English Language Learners
: someone who was a student at a particular school, college, or university
ALUMNUS Defined for Kids
Definition of alumnus for Students
: a person who has attended or has graduated from a school, college, or university
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