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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]
References in classic literature ?
But the mater cottoned to him at once, took him on as secretary--you know how she's always running a hundred societies?
Yes; you see she went to the mater, and--Oh, here's Evie herself.
Alumni want to feel emotionally connected with their alma maters, and it's crucial that colleges and universities increase their communications in an effective way in order to grow engagement -- and ultimately fundraise -- from their alumni base," Ellison said.
colleges and universities and their alma maters, as well as distinguish current donating behavior of alumni.
The study, titled Alumni Engagement and Giving, found that nearly eight out of ten alumni in the United States feel positively about their alma mater.
There's more to supporting our alma maters than showing up for homecoming festivities and sporting a complete collection of paraphernalia boasting the school colors.
If you are a graduate of an HBCU, write a check to your alma mater today.