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[al-muh; for 1 also French al-mah] /ˈæl mə; for 1 also French alˈmɑ/
a town in SE Quebec, in SE Canada.
a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “kind.”.


[al-muh] /ˈæl mə/
(in Egypt) a woman or girl who dances or sings professionally.
Also, alma, alme, almeh.
Origin of almah
Egyptian Arabic
< Egyptian Arabic ʿalmah, variant of Arabic ʿālimah literally, knowledgeable Unabridged
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  • Alma, her nose sniffing the air, ran into the kitchen that night to find no one in the room, and the biscuits burning in the oven.

    Across the Years Eleanor H. Porter
  • "What's best for her is the only question, of course," said Alma, helping Harry off the field.

  • At all times he was ready to guard and vindicate the religious character of his Alma mater.

    The Real Gladstone J. Ewing Ritchie
  • I only knew that Alma had called herself my friend and promised to take care of me.

  • Still looking at him steadily, Alma Remsen seemed to change.

    The Deep Lake Mystery Carolyn Wells
Word Origin and History for Alma

fem. proper name, from Latin Alma "nourishing," fem. of almus; from alere "to nourish" (see old).



Egyptian dancing-girl, belly-dancer, 1814, perhaps from Arabic almah (fem. adjective), "learned, knowing," from alama "to know." Or perhaps from a Semitic root meaning "girl" (cf. Hebrew alma "a young girl, a damsel").

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