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This page has 8 definitions of alumnus in English, Indonesian, and Latin. Alumnus is a noun and adjective. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English alumnus definition


Learned borrowing from Latin alumnus (foster child, nourished one).


  • IPA(key): /əˈlʌmnəs/
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alumnus (plural alumni or alumnuses, feminine alumna)

  1. A male pupil or student.
  2. A male graduate.
  3. A student of any gender.
  4. A graduate of any gender.

Usage notes

  • Alumnus is used when the gender of the subject is unspecified.
Any alumnus may be invited to the reunion.


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Indonesian alumnus definition


Learned borrowing from Latin alumnus.


  • IPA(key): [ˈalʊmnʊs]
  • Hyphenation: alum‧nus


alumnus (first-person possessive alumnusku, second-person possessive alumnusmu, third-person possessive alumnusnya)

  1. alumnus.

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Latin alumnus definition




alumnus (feminine alumna, neuter alumnum); first/second-declension adjective

  1. Nourished, fostered, etc.


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative alumnus alumna alumnum alumnī alumnae alumna
Genitive alumnī alumnae alumnī alumnōrum alumnārum alumnōrum
Dative alumnō alumnō alumnīs
Accusative alumnum alumnam alumnum alumnōs alumnās alumna
Ablative alumnō alumnā alumnō alumnīs
Vocative alumne alumna alumnum alumnī alumnae alumna


alumnus m (genitive alumnī, feminine alumna); second declension

  1. nursling, pupil
    • 43 BCEc. 17 CE, Ovid, Fasti 6.151-152:
      pervenit ad Cranēn et rem docet, illa ‘timōrem
      pōne: tuus sospes’ dīxit ‘alumnus erit.’
      She comes to Cranê and tells her what has happened; [and to] that, Cranê replies: “Put fear aside; your nursling will be unharmed.”
      (A nurse-maid summons Cranê’s aid because a baby has been attacked by striges; however, Ovid in these verses conflates names and mythologies: see Cardea.)
  2. foster son.


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative alumnus alumnī
Genitive alumnī alumnōrum
Dative alumnō alumnīs
Accusative alumnum alumnōs
Ablative alumnō alumnīs
Vocative alumne alumnī



  • alumnus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • alumnus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • alumnus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • alumnus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  1. ^ Sihler, Andrew L. (1995) New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, →ISBN