1. a town in SE Quebec, in SE Canada.
  2. a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “kind.”


  1. (in Egypt) a woman or girl who dances or sings professionally.

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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