Origin of alumnus
usage note for alumnus
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ALUMNUS VS. ALUMNI VS. ALUMNA VS. ALUMNAE VS. ALUM
What’s the difference between alumnus and alumni?
An alumnus is a graduate of a school, such as a high school or university. The plural of alumnus is alumni (which follows the plural ending construction used in other Latin-derived words, like stimulus and stimuli).
In Latin, alumnus specifically refers to a male graduate, and sometimes this distinction is carried into English, with alumna being used to refer to a female graduate. The plural of alumna is alumnae.
Still, alumnus and alumni are both commonly used in a gender-neutral way.
The informal shortening alum is used to refer to a single graduate (regardless of gender). It’s sometimes pluralized as alums.
Here’s an example of alumnus and alumni used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: As an alumnus, you share something with all of the alumni, regardless of when each of you graduated.
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How to use alumnus in a sentence
Frustration about the uncertain future also vexed some alumni.Ivy League sports were shut down quickly by coronavirus. A restart is proving much slower.|Glynn A. Hill|February 10, 2021|Washington Post
Very few campuses had the resources to extend credit to students in the hopes that alumni would earn enough after graduation to pay back the cost of earning their degrees.Even forgiving student loans won’t solve the higher education funding crisis|Elizabeth Shermer|January 22, 2021|Washington Post
Those alumni all graduated on time from high school, most to study at a two- or four-year college, and others to join the military or begin trade work.Next One Up wraps teen boys in support and watches them fly|Tatyana Turner|January 19, 2021|Washington Post
Thousands of law school alumni and students push for disbarment of Sens.157 law deans denounce attempted insurrection and effort to decertify election — but don’t name names|Valerie Strauss|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
One of the important things that I would like to do as dean is to continue to engage alumni.
She says she met Cosby, a Temple alumnus and big-time donor to the university, in November 2002.How Bill Cosby Allegedly Silenced His Accusers Through A Tabloid Smear Campaign|Marlow Stern|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A former House Budget chairman and Fox News alumnus, Kasich was a libertarian leaning fiscal conservative before it was cool.
The best known was Brotherhood alumnus Sayyid Qutb, whom the Egyptian state executed in 1966.
The celebrated nanny college counts as its most famous (if fictional) alumnus Mary Poppins.
Hayes was very much a creature of the left, a proud alumnus of The Nation and In These Times.Steve Kornacki, MSNBC’s Brainy Replacement for Chris Hayes, Just Wants to Be Useful|David Freedlander|March 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Alumnus, al-um′nus, n. one educated at a college is called an alumnus of it:—pl.
It is a recollection blended of many feelings, that which the recurring Commencement brings to the alumnus.From the Easy Chair, series 2|George William Curtis
The University, however, shares the attachment of the alumnus.Oxford and Her Colleges|Goldwin Smith
He didn't look like a Dumbarton Oaks product: I thought he was more likely an alumnus of some private detective agency.Lone Star Planet|Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
Some high school alumnus in whose heart there is appreciation of Rome's gift to us might present a book to his Alma Mater.A Handbook for Latin Clubs|Various