Definition of alma mater noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


alma mater

BrE BrE//ˌælmə ˈmɑːtə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌælmə ˈmɑːtər//
; BrE BrE//ˌælmə ˈmeɪtə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌælmə ˈmeɪtər//
(also Alma Mater) [singular] (especially North American English) Higher education institutions
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the school, college or university that somebody went to He donated $20 million to his alma mater, Columbia University. See related entries: Higher education institutions Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the general sense ‘someone or something providing nourishment’): Latin, literally ‘generous mother’.
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