Definition of alumna in English:



  • A female former pupil or student of a particular school, college, or university.

    ‘the University of Ottawa alumna was in Japan’
    • ‘They work in recruiting and outreach programs and keep in touch with alumni and alumnae.’
    • ‘One alumna won a summer scholarship to the Alvin Ailey School.’
    • ‘It was one of the reasons I ceased to be an active member or join any of the alumnae groups after I graduated.’
    • ‘For some years Merrill served as an alumna trustee of Wellesley College.’
    • ‘An alumna of Bishop Cotton Girls' High School, her talents won her the status of suave scholar.’
    • ‘She is an alumna of the Yale School of Art and the Whitney Independent Study Program.’
    • ‘An alumna and former employee of the university, she earned her doctorate at Nova Southeastern University.’
    • ‘The descendant was also an alumna of the school, and she agreed to donate samples of her blood for the project.’
    • ‘The keynote speaker, an Iowa State alumna, said information technology is the most important contributor to growth.’
    • ‘As an alumna of Northwestern University, I was disappointed that my alma mater was not listed.’
    • ‘But what has the college done to keep other alumnae interested?’
    • ‘I am a proud alumna of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.’
    • ‘Usually it is not a matter of controversy when a distinguished alumna returns to her alma mater to address former mentors and current students.’
    • ‘Naturally, one of its most important sources is the school's alumnae.’
    • ‘Another girl, an alumna of the school, now makes promotional films for institutes such as this centre.’
    • ‘He was given a tour and expressed his happiness that so many alumnae were attending Oxford.’
    • ‘The gift from the alumna will be used to create scholarships and student aid awards to deserving students who pursue careers in health education and music.’
    • ‘The core of any marketing strategy for new physicists is to bring alumnae and alumni into direct contact with students and faculty.’
    • ‘I have achieved those goals, and it is now my desire to rejoin the ranks of alumnae who serve the college in innumerable ways.’
    • ‘Some alumnae also criticized Collins for removing the college's mission statement from its website.’


Late 19th century: from Latin, feminine of alumnus (see alumnus).