Definition of alumnus in English:
noun (plural alumni-nī-nē)
- Most of us probably do not read our undergraduate alumni magazines very carefully.
- Being an alumnus at the helm of a small, private college has been both a blessing and a challenge.
- A successful alumna or alumnus could turn a student's decision in the direction of physics.
In the singular, alumnus nearly always means a male, but the plural alumni usually refers to graduates or former students of either sex. See also alumna.
Mid 17th century: from Latin, 'nursling, pupil', from alere 'nourish'.
alma mater from mid 17th century:
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.
Words that rhyme with alumnusrumness
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