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What is a college alumnus?

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A college alumnus is a male who has graduated from a particular college or university. "Alumnus" is the singular form of the word "alumni," which is a plural noun that refers to a group of male graduates or a group of male and female graduates.

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When referring to female graduates, one may use the word "alumnae" for a group or "alumna" for one. If a person's gender is not specified, one may also opt to use the words "alum" and "alums." These forms are less formal but do not refer to a specific gender. All forms are Latin in origin.

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