Definitions for alma materˈɑl mə ˈmɑ tər, ˈæl-; ˈæl mə ˈmeɪ tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

al•ma ma•terˈɑl mə ˈmɑ tər, ˈæl-; ˈæl mə ˈmeɪ tər(n.)

  1. a school, college, or university at which one has studied and, usu., from which one has graduated.

    Category: Education

Origin of alma mater:

< L: nourishing (i.e., dear) mother

Princeton's WordNet

  1. alma mater(noun)

    your alma mater is a school you graduated from


  1. alma mater(Noun)

    A school or college from which an individual has graduated or which they have attended.

  2. alma mater(Noun)

    A school's anthem or song.

  3. Origin: for "nourishing mother". Derives from the full name ("Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna") of the oldest European university, the University of Bologna (founded in 1088).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alma Mater

    a college or seminary where one is educated


  1. Alma mater

    Alma Mater was used in ancient Rome as a title for various mother goddesses, especially Ceres or Cybele, and in Christianity for the Virgin Mary. In the modern language in North America, it is often any school, college, or university at which one has studied, and usually, from which one has graduated. The term may also refer to a song or hymn associated with a school.


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