from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The school, college, or university that one has attended.
- n. The anthem of an institution of higher learning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A school or college from which an individual has graduated or which they have attended.
- n. A school's anthem or song.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A college or seminary where one is educated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Literally, fostering mother: in modern use, applied by students to the university or college in which they have been trained.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. your alma mater is a school you graduated from
From Latin Alma Māter, nourishing mother (epithet of certain goddesses) : alma, feminine of almus, nourishing.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin 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). (Wiktionary)