Alma mater

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English

Etymology

Latin for "nourishing mother". Derives from the full name ("Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna") of the oldest European university, the University of Bologna (founded in 1088).

Noun

alma mater (plural Alma maters or almae matres)
  1. A school or college from which an individual has graduated or which he has attended.
  2. A school's anthem or song.

Thesaurus

academe; academia; college; college of engineering; community college; degree-granting institution; four-year college; graduate school; institute of technology; ivied halls; journalism school; junior college; law school; medical school; multiversity; normal; normal school; postgraduate school; school of communications; school of education; two-year college; university; university college; varsity

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Latin

Noun

alma māter (genitive almae mātris); f, first declension

  1. (Ancient Rome) mother goddess
  2. (Medieval Christianity) Virgin Mary
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