alumnus

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin alumnus (literally foster child, nourished one).

Noun[edit]

alumnus (plural alumni)

  1. a male pupil or student
  2. a male graduate
  3. a student
  4. a graduate

Usage notes[edit]

Alumnus is used when the gender of the subject is unspecified.

Any alumnus may be invited to the reunion.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Consists of alu-mnu-s, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂el- (to nourish, grow) + *-mno- (see *-mn̥). Cognate of alō (to nourish), almus (nourishing), and oleō (to increase, grow).

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Adjective[edit]

alumnus m (feminine alumna, neuter alumnum); first/second declension

  1. Nourished, fostered, etc.

Inflection[edit]

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case \ Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative alumnus alumna alumnum alumnī alumnae alumna
genitive alumnī alumnae alumnī alumnōrum alumnārum alumnōrum
dative alumnō alumnae alumnō alumnīs alumnīs alumnīs
accusative alumnum alumnam alumnum alumnōs alumnās alumna
ablative alumnō alumnā alumnō alumnīs alumnīs alumnīs
vocative alumne alumna alumnum alumnī alumnae alumna

Noun[edit]

alumnus m (genitive alumnī); second declension

  1. Nursling, pupil, foster son.

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative alumnus alumnī
genitive alumnī alumnōrum
dative alumnō alumnīs
accusative alumnum alumnōs
ablative alumnō alumnīs
vocative alumne alumnī

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