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

 

alma mater

 noun
noun
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 Origin mid 17th cent. (in the general sense ‘someone or something providing nourishment’): Latin, literally ‘generous mother’.
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