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noun, plural a·lum·nae [uh-luhm-nee, -nahy] /əˈlʌm ni, -naɪ/.
  1. a woman who is a graduate or former student of a specific school, college, or university.
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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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  • Up to 1876, for example, ninety per cent of the alumnae had married.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for alumnae


noun plural -nae (-niː)
  1. mainly US and Canadian a female graduate of a school, college, etc
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Word Origin

C19: feminine of alumnus
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Word Origin and History for alumnae


see alumnus.

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see alumnus.

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