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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
  • And they met several straw-hatted youths to whom Alma bowed.

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
  • At all times he was ready to guard and vindicate the religious character of his Alma mater.

    The Real Gladstone J. Ewing Ritchie
  • And she said it so graciously that the tears came into Alma's eyes.

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
  • 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").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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