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alma mater

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Pronunciation: /ˌalmə ˈmɑːtə
 
, ˈmeɪt-/

Definition of alma mater in English:

noun

(one's Alma Mater)
The university, school, or college that one formerly attended: he started teaching at his alma mater
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • For the first time since I’ve graduated, I can say that I am proud of my alma mater.

Origin

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

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  • This phrase, used with reference to a university or college once attended, first had the general sense ‘someone or something providing nourishment’; in Latin the literal meaning is ‘bounteous, nourishing mother’. It was a title given by the Romans to several goddesses but in particular to Ceres and Cybele, both representing fostering mother-figures. Alumnus (mid 17th century) is related, being Latin for ‘nursling, pupil’, from alere ‘nourish’, source of alma.

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