Definition: Alma mater

From New World Encyclopedia


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.


alma mater (plural almae matres or alma maters)

  1. A school, college or university from which an individual has graduated or attended classes.
  2. A school's anthem or song.

Related terms

  • alimentary
  • alimony
  • alumnus
  • mater
  • maternal
  • maternity
  • matriculate


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