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[uh-luhm-nuh] /əˈlʌm nə/
noun, plural alumnae
[uh-luhm-nee, -nahy] /əˈlʌm ni, -naɪ/ (Show IPA)
a woman who is a graduate or former student of a specific school, college, or university.
1880-85, Americanism; < Latin: foster daughter, pupil; feminine of alumnus
Can be confused
alum, alumna, alumnae, alumni, alumnus (see usage note at alumnus)
Usage note
See alumnus. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for alumnae
  • And some alumnae said they would suspend donations to the university.
  • Legacies, the children of alumni and alumnae, have long had an easier time getting in.
  • These goals are achieved through active and meaningful engagement and partnerships among students, faculty, staff and alumnae.
  • Seventh, shoot down the similar scenario concerning alumni and alumnae contributions-that they will fall off.
  • The bottom line is that legacy preferences are a major wedge for privates use to tap into the pockets of their wealthy alumnae.
  • Its list of alumnae includes doctors, lawyers and politicians-and their daughters.
British Dictionary definitions for alumnae


noun (pl) -nae (-niː)
(mainly US & Canadian) a female graduate of a school, college, etc
Word Origin
C19: feminine of alumnus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for alumnae
see alumnus.
see alumnus.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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