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
“I would trade all my points for that last basket,” Selvy, who once scored 100 points in a college basketball contest for his alma mater Furman, told reporters afterward.
On the coaching at his alma mater compared to Boston: “Rod Dedeaux teaches more in one season at USC than the Red Sox organization does in ten years.”
A native of South Dakota, Dr. Shearon was chief of surgery at St. Luke’s who taught at his alma mater Northwestern University’s medical school in Evanston, on the shore of Lake Michigan.
It was in a section called The Moorings, which meant that either my alma mater was paying professors a great deal more than they used to, or else Professor Wilkins had independent means.
Like her older brother, T.W., she’d attended her father’s alma mater and become a Mountaineer, graduating from the University of West Virginia with a degree in fine arts a few years ago.
Henry Van Dyke arises at some college banquet and begins to discharge an old-fashioned ode to alma mater there is a definite snicker, it is almost as if he were to appear in Congress gaiters or a beaver hat.
And I met Tom Rollins, the most successful college debater of the 1970s, who had come to my alma mater Georgetown from Texas where his father was in the oil business.