alma mater

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Etymology[edit]

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[edit]

alma mater (plural almae matres or alma maters)

  1. A school or college from which an individual has graduated or which he or she has attended.
  2. A school's anthem or song.

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Noun[edit]

alma māter f (genitive almae mātris); first declension

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