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 confusedalum 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

Related Words for alumna

alum, postgraduate

Examples from the Web for alumna

Contemporary Examples of alumna

Historical Examples of alumna

  • To the alumna and the student, the picture called up by those words is sufficiently definite and demands no amplification.

    Teddy: Her Book

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • It was founded by an alumna for marked proficiency in English with general excellency in other lines.

    Daddy Long-Legs

    Jean Webster

  • A debate was sometimes introduced, a Shakespeare reading, or an address by an alumna student.

British Dictionary definitions for alumna


noun plural -nae (-niː)

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

Word Origin for alumna

C19: feminine of alumnus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for alumna

see alumnus.

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