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Line breaks: alum|nus
Pronunciation: /əˈlʌmnəs

Definition of alumnus in English:

noun (plural alumni /-nʌi/)

A male former pupil or student of a particular school, college, or university: a Harvard alumnus
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  • 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.


mid 17th century: from Latin, 'nursling, pupil', from alere 'nourish'.


In the singular, alumnus nearly always means a male, but the plural alumni can be used to refer to pupils or students of either sex.

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