Alumna is the feminine form of "alumnus," meaning someone who graduated from a school. An alumna is a female graduate.

This word sometimes means a graduate of either gender, but it's most commonly a woman who graduates from any school — whether grammar school, high school, college, university, or med school. Schools are often proud of a famous alumna, and there might be pictures on the wall to honor them. As an alumna, you might go back for school reunions. When you're talking about a group of graduates, the word is alumni, which usually means men and women.

Definitions of alumna

n a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)

alum, alumnus, grad, graduate
Ivy Leaguer
a student or graduate at an Ivy League school
old boy
a former male pupil of a school
Type of:
bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student
a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines

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