From Latin alma māter (literally “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.
- A school, college or university from which an individual has graduated or which he or she has attended.
- 2021 December 29, Stephen Roberts, “Stories and facts behind railway plaques: Evesham (1870)”, in RAIL, number 947, page 58:
- I'm in the place where I grew up, where my alma mater is.
- A school's anthem or song.
- alma mater (university one attended, especially one from which one has graduated)
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈal.ma ˈmaː.ter/, [ˈäɫ̪mä ˈmäːt̪ɛr]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈal.ma ˈma.ter/, [ˈälmä ˈmäːt̪er]
|Nominative||alma māter||almae mātrēs|
|Genitive||almae mātris||almārum mātrum|
|Dative||almae mātrī||almīs mātribus|
|Accusative||almam mātrem||almās mātrēs|
|Ablative||almā mātre||almīs mātribus|
|Vocative||alma māter||almae mātrēs|
alma mater f (invariable)
- a person who provides for another
- homeland (place where one was born)
- alma mater (school or college from which an individual has graduated)
alma mater f (plural alma mater)