A college or seminary where you're educated
- your alma mater is a school you graduated from
- A college or seminary where one is educated.
late 14c., Latin, virtually "bountiful mom," a name Romans gave to goddesses, specifically Ceres and Cybele, from alma, fem. of almus "nourishing," from alere "to nourish" (see old) + mater "mother" (see mommy (n.1)). Very first utilized 1710 in sense of "one's college or school" in reference to Brit universities.
alma mater [school, university or college you attended]
A college or seminary in which a person is informed.
The rhetorical schools experienced a brilliant revival under Constantine and his successors, when Athens became the alma mater of many notable men, including Julian, Libanius, Basil and Gregory of Nazianzus, and in her professors owned the last representatives of a humane and moralized paganism.