American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A male graduate or former student of a school, college, or university.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pupil; one educated at a school, seminary, college, or university; specifically, a graduate of any such institution.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A pupil; especially, a graduate of a college or other seminary of learning.
- n. a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)
- Borrowed from Latin alumnus (literally "foster child, nourished one"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin, pupil, from alere, to nourish; see al-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If it's kosher to interpret alumnaθ as a derivative of the Latin word alumnus/-a 'pupil', then it's certainly sounding like the funeral arrangements of Laris Pulena were somehow being taken care of by those of a temple-school, yes.”
“Fisher, a USC alumnus, is looking for a new offensive coordinator after losing Mike Heimerdinger to the New York Jets last month.”
“Another “Amelie” alumnus is cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel who flawlessly mixes real photography and computer assistance.”
“The Purdue alumnus is the first player in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl as a cornerback, safety and kick returner.”
“Christianity in the social relations of master and slave is plain from the exceedingly small number of inscriptions containing the words servus (slave), or libertus (freedman), words which are constantly seen on pagan gravestones; the often recurring expression alumnus (foster-child) characterizes the new relation between the owner and the owned.”
“While the dictionary informs me that "alumnus" may indeed apply to someone who attended but did not graduate from a college, there might be a problem, in my case, even with "attended.”
“But with ISI's hand or at least that of its "alumnus" in the form of retired officers being seen, the analysis is that the army may be deeply involved in the plot.”
“An "alumnus" is a person who went to a school in the past.”
“Also, did you not see the word 'alumnus' in my post?”
“He graduated from Delhi University and is also an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management.”
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