[ uh-luhm-nuh ]
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noun,plural a·lum·nae [uh-luhm-nee]. /əˈlʌm ni/.
  1. a woman who is a graduate or former student of a specific school, college, or university.

Origin of alumna

An Americanism dating back to 1840–45; from Latin: literally, “foster daughter, pupil”; feminine of alumnus

usage note For alumna

What's the difference between alumna, alumnus, and alum? See alumnus.

Words that may be confused with alumna Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use alumna in a sentence

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for alumna


/ (əˈlʌmnə) /

nounplural -nae (-niː)
  1. mainly US and Canadian a female graduate of a school, college, etc

Origin of alumna

C19: feminine of alumnus

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