alumna

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. aluminum oxide,
  2. aluminum plant,
  3. aluminum silicate,
  4. aluminum soap,
  5. aluminum sulfate,
  6. alumni,
  7. alumnus,
  8. alumroot,
  9. alundum,
  10. alunite

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for alumna

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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Word Origin and History for alumna

alumna

n.

see alumnus.

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