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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.
Origin of alumna
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. 2017.
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  • The Wellington banner, a gift from the alumnae, was also of silk in the soft blue which every Wellington girl loved.

  • Up to 1876, for example, ninety per cent of the alumnae had married.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
  • Then there were addresses by alumnae students, or else speakers from abroad chosen for some distinction in authorship.

    Earliest Years at Vassar Frances A. Wood
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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