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definition of the word alumni

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From Latin alumni


  1. Plural form of alumnus. Indicates both males and females.
    The alumni of this university include many famous artists and politicians.
  2. (proscribed) An alumnus or an alumna.
    • 2002, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Love and Friendship[1]:  
      An alumni of AmeriCorps, she has been trained as a red-carded firefighter and a national park ranger.

The plural alumni is often mistaken for singular, as in I am an alumni of this university. For example, Google shows about 14,000 hits for "an alumni of" versus about 60,000 for "an alumnus of". The next logical step, alumnis as plural, is also seen. This sort of shift is normal in language usage, but the language of higher education should err on the side of conservatism. Therefore, alumni as singular should still be considered incorrect despite its widening usage.

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