\ 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)

American Medical Association

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In Japan, the ama have been free diving along the Ise-Shima Peninsula for thousands of years. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Women at the Bottom of the Ocean," 8 Mar. 2018 As of last year, there were only 2,000 amas in Japan. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Women at the Bottom of the Ocean," 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, "When Paddling Is Just the Start," 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, "15 of Jennifer Lopez's Best Naked Dresses," 24 July 2017 Nowadays, artists frequently do Reddit AMAs to promote an upcoming project. Brian Josephs, Billboard, "Vince Staples Was Charmingly Apathetic During His Reddit AMA," 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, "The Ise-Shima Peninsula Is a Portal Into Old Japan," 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, "Faith Hill's Daughter Is All Grown Up and Looks Exactly Like Her," 1 Feb. 2017

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1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ama was in 1906

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Medical Definition of AMA

1 against medical advice
2 American Medical Association

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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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