[ uh-luhm-nuh ]
/ əˈlʌm nə /

noun, plural a·lum·nae [uh-luhm-nee, -nahy] /əˈlʌm ni, -naɪ/.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for alumna


/ (əˈlʌmnə) /

noun plural -nae (-niː)

mainly US and Canadian a female graduate of a school, college, etc

Word Origin for alumna

C19: feminine of alumnus
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