Origin of alum1
Words nearby alum
Other definitions for alum (2 of 3)
Origin of alum2
usage note for alum
Other definitions for alum (3 of 3)
ALUM VS. ALUMNUS VS. ALUMNI VS. ALUMNA VS. ALUMNAE
What’s the difference between alum, alumnus, and alumni?
In Latin, alumnus specifically refers to a male graduate, and sometimes this distinction is carried into English, with alumna being used to refer to a female graduate. The plural of alumna is alumnae.
The plural of alumnus is alumni (which follows the plural ending construction used in other Latin-derived words, like stimulus and stimuli). Still, alumnus and alumni are both commonly used in a gender-neutral way.
Alum is also used regardless of gender. It’s sometimes pluralized as alums.
Here’s an example of alum and alumni used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: As an alum, you share something with all of the alumni, regardless of when each of you graduated.
Want to learn more? Read the breakdown of the difference between alumnus and alumni.
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Alum and alumnus are both always used in a gender-neutral way.
How to use alum in a sentence
Natasha Strain, an alum of the campus who works as a childcare worker and supervisor at the facility, is one of the plaintiffs listed in the suit.North County Report: San Pasqual Academy Supporters Sue to Stay Open|Kayla Jimenez|August 4, 2021|Voice of San Diego
For Top Chef, that meant many challenges that took advantage of outdoor kitchens, a bubble of all-star alums replacing the usual rotating cast of guest judges and a brand-new approach to viewers’ beloved Restaurant Wars.Top Chef: Portland Was the Kindest Season Yet. Does the Finale Change That?|Elijah Wolfson|July 2, 2021|Time
She is currently a senior director at Fairmont Consulting Group, a boutique management consulting firm in the aerospace and defense sector founded by fellow alums Jay Wynn, MBA ’04, and Ben Harper, MBA ’08, SM ’08.Meet the president: Annalisa Weigel ’94, ’95, SM ’00, PhD ’02|Nicole Estvanik Taylor|June 30, 2021|MIT Technology Review
In their MHS homes, alums said they were ranked by how well they did their chores and followed rules.
Natasha Strain, an alum of the campus, works as a childcare worker and supervisor at the facility.San Pasqual Academy Is Still Fighting for Its Life|Kayla Jimenez|May 10, 2021|Voice of San Diego
A TNR alum dives deep in what happened with the 100-year-old institution.
And those who take issue with the ice bucket challenge have found an unexpected spokesperson in Jackass alum Steve-O.
Marine friends, all ranks and all mostly Anbar fighting alum, have been sending me emails as well.Their Fight…But Our Legacy: The New Battle for Fallujah|John Kael Weston|January 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Apple alum Tony Fadell reinvented the boring market for home thermostats with his sleek and eco-savvy digital Nest.
Petraeus, himself a Sosh alum, became the central figure for a mix of reasons.The Petraeus Revolution: How He Changed the American Way of War|John Barry|January 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If they require a second water put alum to that also as well as to the rinsing and blue water.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
Thus the proportions are omitted, and alum becomes alum compound, whatever that may mean.
On examination it was found that the enclosure of the Atarrea was broken down, and the source saturated with alum.
The principal impurity, and one which renders alum unfit for the use of the dyer, is iron.
The applications of alum in the arts and manufactures are numerous and important.