Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The school, college, or university that one has attended.
  • noun The anthem of an institution of higher learning.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Literally, fostering mother: in modern use, applied by students to the university or college in which they have been trained.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • A college or seminary where one is educated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A school or college from which an individual has graduated or which they have attended.
  • noun A school's anthem or song.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun your alma mater is a school you graduated from

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin Alma Māter, nourishing mother (epithet of certain goddesses) : alma, feminine of almus, nourishing; see al- in Indo-European roots + māter, mother; see maternal.]

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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).

Examples

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  • "It's time to call my father

    'Cause it's his alma mater

    Good grades aren't what they seem

    I think he knows the dean

    It's time to call my father

    'Cause it's his alma mater

    He says he's proud of me

    But college always was his dream

    And I would always say it's not for me

    Oh no, not for me, not for me

    Call it torture, call it university

    No, Arts and Crafts is all I need

    I'll take Calligraphy and then I'll make a fake degree"

    -Relient K

    October 17, 2007

  • Nice :)

    Who doesn't love this word? Not me!

    February 12, 2009

  • I don't particularly like this word. I think the mater part is kind of ugly.

    February 12, 2009

  • 'Mater' is latin word for Mother. Alma mater means ' Soul Mother' which logically refers to School or University where you have learnt.

    October 22, 2013

  • Logically?

    October 22, 2013