Difference between `alumni’, and `alumnae’

The `alumni’ of a university are the students who have graduated from it; the word is used to refer to both male and female students. `Alumnae’ are the female graduates of a university or college. The final `ae’ in `alumnae’ is pronounced like the `ee’ in `fees’, `bees’, and `trees’.

Source: “The Hindu”   – Know Your English  Column –  Feb 26, 2008

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