- a town in SE Quebec, in SE Canada.
- a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “kind.”
- (in Egypt) a woman or girl who dances or sings professionally.
Origin of almah
Examples from the Web for alma
Contemporary Examples of alma
During his early attempts to become a director, he met Alma Reville, an English girl just one day younger than himself.
In 1945 or 1946, Hitch and Alma were in New York with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, on a publicity tour.
Alma had admired them during a stay in Paris some years ago.
When the screening was over, Hitch asked Alma what she thought.
Since he doesn't have to impress me, it's clearly a little show for Alma.
Historical Examples of alma
She described her reception to Harry Lossing and Alma, later.
"What's best for her is the only question, of course," said Alma, helping Harry off the field.
That burnt me like iron, and I think my lip must have dropped, but Alma showed no mercy.
I only knew that Alma had called herself my friend and promised to take care of me.
Of course Alma was the chief spokeswoman at these whispered conferences.
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").