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EtymologyEdit

From Latin alma māter (literally nourishing mother). Derives from the full name ("Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna") of the oldest European university, the University of Bologna, founded in 1088.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌælmə ˈmeɪtə(ɹ)/, /ˌælmə ˈmɑːtə(ɹ)/, /ˌɑːlmə ˈmɑːtə(ɹ)/

NounEdit

alma mater (plural almae matres or alma maters)

  1. A school, college or university from which an individual has graduated or which he or she has attended.
  2. A school's anthem or song.

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin alma māter (feeding mother).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌɑl.maː ˈmaː.tɛr/, /ˌɑl.maː ˈmaː.tər/
  • Hyphenation: al‧ma ma‧ter

NounEdit

alma mater f (plural almae matres or alma maters)

  1. alma mater (university one attended, especially one from which one has graduated)

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NounEdit

alma māter f (genitive almae mātris); third declension

  1. (Ancient Rome) mother goddess
  2. (Medieval Christianity) Virgin Mary

DeclensionEdit

First-declension adjective with a third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative alma māter almae mātrēs
Genitive almae mātris almārum mātrum
Dative almae mātrī almīs mātribus
Accusative almam mātrem almās mātrēs
Ablative almā mātre almīs mātribus
Vocative alma māter almae mātrēs

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NounEdit

alma mater f (plural alma mater)

  1. a person who provides for another
  2. homeland (place where one was born)
  3. alma mater (school or college from which an individual has graduated)

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NounEdit

alma mater f (plural alma mater)

  1. alma mater