Definition of alma mater in English:

alma mater


one's Alma Mater
  • 1The school, college, or university that one once attended.

    • ‘For the first time since I’ve graduated, I can say that I am proud of my alma mater.’
    • ‘Wackadoo's Grub & Brew was designed to target the college community by creating an atmosphere of pride and tradition in one's Alma Mater.’
    • ‘These schools are Kallis’ ‘Alma Mater’: Wynberg Boys High in Cape Town, Selborne College in East London, Maritzburg College in Pietermaritzburg and Pretoria Boys High in Pretoria.’
    • ‘Maintain contact with one's Alma Mater as a means of extending one's business and engineering network.’
    • ‘I could get used to Melbourne as an Alma Mater (the weekend turned out to be a wonderful period of revelation in this regard, but more on that later).’
    educational institution, centre of learning
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    1. 1.1 The anthem of a school, college, or university.
      • ‘And best of all, I've already got an Alma Mater tune for them (click on the Playbook on the table)!’
      • ‘My high school doesn't have an alma mater, so I was asked to write one because nobody else in the school shows the ability/interest of writing music, and all the music teachers bugged out on it.’
      • ‘The goal was that new freshmen would learn their alma mater at Orientation and be able to sing it throughout their time at Mason.’
      • ‘The new Alma Mater was sung at Graduation for the first time on May 10.’


Mid 17th century (in the general sense ‘someone or something providing nourishment’): Latin, literally ‘generous mother’.


alma mater

/ˌɑlmə ˈmɑdər//ˌälmə ˈmädər/