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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 ?
Yes; you see she went to the mater, and--Oh, here's Evie herself.
It may be mentioned that, once the run of a piece had begun, he was sufficiently volatile, and in private life he was almost excessively so--a fact which had been noted at an early date by the keen-eyed authorities of his University, the discovery leading to his tearing himself away from Alma Mater by request with some suddenness.
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.
Regarding the association with Internet visibility of alma maters, it appears that eminence, while not yet a significant factor in this Internet age, appears to have a detectible role in the Internet presence of colleges and universities that were alma maters of nonliving presidents.
In the 1960s, the Maters foresaw the need for mills that would handle smaller, second-growth logs, and rode that trend.
Although secondary forest products remain on the fringes of the timber economy, the Maters note that lumber workers once thought there was no money in second-growth timber.