a town in SE Quebec, in SE Canada.
a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “kind.”.
(in Egypt) a woman or girl who dances or sings professionally.
Contemporary Examples

Alma Hitchcock, the times I saw her, was a frail, birdlike woman who looked angry about her infirmity.
Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days David Freeman December 12, 2014

In 1945 or 1946, Hitch and Alma were in New York with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, on a publicity tour.
Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days David Freeman December 12, 2014

Does your school or Alma mater support its basketball teams, even if they are not perennial March Madness powerhouses?
Top 25 Colleges With Diehard Fans The Daily Beast March 20, 2011

For the first time since I put my acceptance letter in the mail, I woke up this morning ashamed of my Alma mater.
How UVA Is Failing Its Women Allison McNearney November 19, 2014

During his early attempts to become a director, he met Alma Reville, an English girl just one day younger than himself.
Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days David Freeman December 12, 2014

Historical Examples

Alma, her nose sniffing the air, ran into the kitchen that night to find no one in the room, and the biscuits burning in the oven.
Across the Years Eleanor H. Porter

And they met several straw-hatted youths to whom Alma bowed.
An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner

At all times he was ready to guard and vindicate the religious character of his Alma mater.
The Real Gladstone J. Ewing Ritchie

And she said it so graciously that the tears came into Alma’s eyes.
An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner

Still looking at him steadily, Alma Remsen seemed to change.
The Deep Lake Mystery Carolyn Wells

fem. proper name, from Latin Alma “nourishing,” fem. of almus; from alere “to nourish” (see old).

Egyptian dancing-girl, belly-dancer, 1814, perhaps from Arabic almah (fem. adjective), “learned, knowing,” from alama “to know.” Or perhaps from a Semitic root meaning “girl” (cf. Hebrew alma “a young girl, a damsel”).


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