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alma mater

1. The school that one attended. One typically only uses the term after graduating from the school. I am visiting my alma mater this weekend, and I hope that some of my old professors are still there. Your alma mater did not fare so well in the big game!
2. A school's official song. In high school, we had to memorize the words to our alma mater. They play the alma mater every year at graduation.

alma mater

Also, Alma Mater. The school or college one attended and, usually, graduated from, as in During football season I always check to see how my alma mater is doing. This expression sometimes refers to the institution's official song, as in I never did learn the words to my college's alma mater. The term is Latin for "kind mother." [c. 1800]
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SMI has been the alma mater of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah as well.
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We'll sing the alma mater, cut the cake, sing the fight song, release a bunch of balloons and then everyone will cheer Hart to victory over Moorpark,'' Calzia said.
Vancouver--On November 23, 1999, the pro-life students' Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) display was destroyed, trashed, and vandalized by three pro-abortion student leaders from the Alma Mater Society (AMS: student society at University of British Columbia).
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who goes to Plant High, the alma mater of Trojans wide receiver Mike Williams.
On November 23, 1999, a pro-life display at the University of British Columbia (UBC) which had been up for three hours with the permission of the administration, was ripped to shreds by three hooligans from the Alma Mater society.
He was recently awarded DePauw's highest honor, the Old Gold Goblet, an annual award for "eminence in life's work and service to the alma mater.
Prosser (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) is from Morse High School in San Diego, the alma mater of USC free safety Rashard Cook.