alma mater

[ahl-muh mah-ter, al-; al-muh mey-ter]
noun
1.
a school, college, or university at which one has studied and, usually, from which one has graduated.
2.
the official anthem of a school, college, or university.

Origin:
< Latin: nourishing (i.e., dear) mother

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alma mater (ˈælmə ˈmɑːtə, ˈmeɪtə)
 
n
(often capitals) one's school, college, or university
 
[C17: from Latin: bountiful mother]

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Alma Mater
late 14c., from L., lit. "bountiful mother," title Romans gave to goddesses, especially Ceres and Cybele, from alma, fem. of almus "nourishing," from alere "to nourish" (see old) + mater "mother." First used 1710 in sense of "one's university or school" in ref. to British universities.
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alma mater [(al-muh mah-tuhr, ahl-muh mah-tuhr)]

The school or university from which one graduated. The term also refers to a school's official song: “The reunion began with everyone singing the alma mater.” From Latin, meaning “nurturing mother.”

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alma mater

Also, Alma Mater. The school or college one attended and, usually, graduated from, as in During football season I always check to see how my alma mater is doing. This expression sometimes refers to the institution's official song, as in I never did learn the words to my college's alma mater. The term is Latin for "kind mother." [c. 1800]

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Example sentences
Support your alma mater and the schools in your area with interest and
  understanding as well as gifts.
Getting started: Volunteer at your alma mater or another local school.
They must resist the inclination to howl at every departure that their alma
  mater makes from the good old days.
You've watched your alma mater put up a fight all season, and now the bragging
  rights come down to one game.
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