alma matres

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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