Origin of alma mater
Words nearby alma mater
What does alma mater mean?
An alma mater is the school, college, or university that someone has graduated from.
It’s most commonly used to refer to a college or university, but it can also refer to a high school.
The term is associated with pride in one’s school. It’s often used by those who network and keep in touch with other graduates and continue to identify as a graduate of the school after they have left.
The term alma mater can also refer to the official song of a school, college, or university.
Example: Since Jade graduated from Temple University, she has not stopped talking about her alma mater.
Where does alma mater come from?
The first records of the term alma mater come from the 1600s. The phrase is Latin and translates as “nourishing mother” (alma can also be interpreted as “dear,” “kind,” or “bountiful”). The English word mother is derived from mater.
What does a nourishing mother have to do with the school you graduated from?
The term Alma Mater was originally used in Ancient Rome as a way of referring to certain goddesses associated with nourishment, including Ceres and Cybele (Cybele was sometimes also referred to as Magna Mater, meaning “great mother”). Later, the term alma mater was applied to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Eventually, it was applied to schools and universities, presumably in reference to their role as places of intellectual nourishment. Relatedly, the word alumnus, referring to a graduate of a specific school, comes from the Latin word alere, meaning “to nourish.”
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What are some synonyms for alma mater?
- school song
- school anthem
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How is alma mater used in real life?
The term alma mater is typically used in reference to colleges and universities. It’s often associated with pride in the school where one graduated.
My alma mater is BEAUTIFUL 😍 https://t.co/cv3CHuBP9X
— brooklyn kay 🌺 (@b_kayyh) September 22, 2020
ATHENS – University of Georgia head football coach Kirby Smart and his wife, Mary Beth, will donate $1 million to their alma mater to support the UGA Athletic Association’s new social justice program.https://t.co/ZY5w2x56l0
— DawgPost (@Dawg_Post) September 17, 2020
“Neath the sun-kissed sky,
proudly stands our Alma Mater,
I purposely waited for the sun to set so I could take this picture. Bill Wood, the composer of my school’s alma mater nailed it lyrically. pic.twitter.com/7mzNpHHOuX
— Jasher®️ (@jashercox) November 28, 2017
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The term alma mater can refer to the high school that one graduated from.
How to use alma mater in a sentence
The portrait of her that once hung at Oxford University, her alma mater, was quietly placed in storage.Aung San Suu Kyi Faces New Charges After the Coup. Can Myanmar's Democracy Survive Without Her?|Amy Gunia|February 3, 2021|Time
George McDonald, the Wolfpack’s previous wide receivers coach, was recently hired at Illinois, his alma mater.Maryland football staff faces more turnover with the departure of multiple assistants|Emily Giambalvo|January 26, 2021|Washington Post
Luckily, Koney found work as a teaching assistant at his alma mater — a role that didn’t just put food on the table but also had him helping students build solar go-karts, robotic farm assistants and more.
She remembers a girl with a dream to attend the University of Virginia, the alma mater of her father, who died of cancer when Yeardley was in ninth grade.Yeardley Love’s mother has spent a decade working to end relationship abuse|Taylor DeVille|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
The concerns of confirming Judge Barrett have also been expressed by former colleagues and peers from two of her alma maters, Rhodes College and Notre Dame Law.Senate Judiciary Committee Decides To Move Forward With Amy Coney Barrett Nomination|Kirsten West Savali|October 22, 2020|Essence.com
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.
The Vulgate translates: “Et obviabit illi quasi mater honorificata, et quasi mulier a virginitate suscipiet illum.”Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
Among these are "Medusa," a bronze bust; and a "Mater Dolorosa," in terra-cotta.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
So, we fancy, warriors might speak of our heavy cavalry as we see them in barracks and as they saw them at Alma.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands|R.M. Ballantyne
"Oh, but I'm sure she won't be half bad when we come to know her," cried Alma Lane.
Then she colored painfully: behind her she heard Tilly's laughing voice, followed by Alma's lower one, and Harold's.
British Dictionary definitions for alma mater
Word Origin for alma mater
Cultural definitions for alma mater
The school or university from which one graduated. The term also refers to a school's official song: “The reunion began with everyone singing the alma mater.” From Latin, meaning “nurturing mother.”
Other Idioms and Phrases with alma mater
Also, Alma Mater. The school or college one attended and, usually, graduated from, as in During football season I always check to see how my alma mater is doing. This expression sometimes refers to the institution's official song, as in I never did learn the words to my college's alma mater. The term is Latin for “kind mother.” [c. 1800]