[ 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


alum alumna alumnae alumni alumnus (see usage note at alumnus)

usage note for alumna

See alumnus. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for alumnae

  • In the last 10 months, four alumnae in their mid 50s and 60s have been attacked at night in their homes near Dallas.

    Stalking the Sorority Sisters|Christine Pelisek|October 26, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • The Wellington banner, a gift from the alumnae, was also of silk in the soft blue which every Wellington girl loved.

  • Then there were addresses by alumnae students, or else speakers from abroad chosen for some distinction in authorship.

    Earliest Years at Vassar|Frances A. Wood
  • Up to 1876, for example, ninety per cent of the alumnae had married.

British Dictionary definitions for alumnae

/ (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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