\ ˈä-(ˌ)mä How to pronounce ama (audio) \
plural amas or ama

Definition of ama

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a Japanese diver especially for pearls or food

Definition of AMA (Entry 2 of 2)

1 against medical advice He signed out AMA [against medical advice]. Then he came back a week later, he was more sick.— Sydney Lewis
2 American Medical Association

Examples of ama in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There was also Pii, who ran the turtle program, and taught me how to catch black ama crabs on the sea wall with just a bamboo stick and some thread, before salt-curing them for dinner or releasing them back into the ocean. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Apr. 2020 In Japan, the ama have been free diving along the Ise-Shima Peninsula for thousands of years. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 Mar. 2018 As of last year, there were only 2,000 amas in Japan. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 Mar. 2018 Traditionally these canoes only have one ama, but ours at Fairmont Kea Lani have two to provide extra safety and stability for guests. As Told To Perry Garfinkel, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2017 To close out the AMAs, J.Lo slipped into this stringy Nicolas Jebran dress, which showed off her midsection through the cat's cradle-esque detailing at the front. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 24 July 2017 Nowadays, artists frequently do Reddit AMAs to promote an upcoming project. Brian Josephs, Billboard, 14 June 2017 Our ama, Miwako, entered the hut wearing a white bonnet, a giant smile, and cherry-red lipstick. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 June 2017 When Tim brought her to the AMAs in November, the duo looked oddly familiar—because Maggie looked exactly like a younger version of his usual date. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, 1 Feb. 2017

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1906, in the meaning defined above

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“Ama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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Medical Definition of AMA

1 against medical advice
2 American Medical Association


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