\ ˈmä How to pronounce ma (audio) , ˈmȯ How to pronounce ma (audio) \

Definition of ma

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Definition of mA (Entry 2 of 6)


Definition of Ma (Entry 3 of 6)

million years ago

Definition of MA (Entry 4 of 6)

1 [Medieval Latin magister artium] master of arts
2 Massachusetts
3 mental age
4 Middle Ages

Definition of M&A (Entry 5 of 6)

mergers and acquisitions


biographical name
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Definition of Ma (Entry 6 of 6)

Yo-Yo 1955–     American (French-born of Chinese parents) cellist

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Synonyms for ma

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of ma in a Sentence

Noun Her ma and pa both said she can't go. I told my ma that on Mother's Day we'd be dining at the town's toniest restaurant. Abbreviation (3) She has an MA in English.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sichuan Spice Easy to throw together from spice cabinet staples, this one brings a bit of salty ma la fire that works with or without butter. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Bingeing TV during coronavirus requires popcorn. Here are 5 ways to up your topping game," 16 Apr. 2020 The driver of the vehicle — identified as a 73-year-old ma — was arrested. Michael Cabanatuan,, "11-year-old girl badly injured after van hits her in SF’s Tenderloin; driver arrested," 16 Mar. 2020 Plenty of ma la seasoning or shoyu, or a plunge in the deep-fryer give it some pizazz, but on its own, most tofu feels just a little too much like diet food for me. Kat Craddock, Saveur, "Turn Chickpea Flour Into Super-Flavorful Alt-Tofu," 8 Sep. 2017 Make sure to order off the ma-la menu, which is the chef's specialty. The Washington Post, "personal nutrition vs. evidence....," 26 Feb. 2020 All-inclusive fetes (also known as parties), boat rides, cooler fetes, j’ouvert and pretty mas on the road for Carnival Monday and Tuesday are a small sampling of things happening during Trinidad Carnival. Anquanette Gaspard, Essence, "7 Soca Filled Events That Should Be On Your Radar in 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 Look ma, no cash:Will 2020 mark the start of a decade when Americans finally ditch cash and use digital wallets, credit cards? Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "'Every little bit helps': Minimum wage to rise in 21 states as a movement toward $15 builds," 23 Dec. 2019 There are models of the chupacabra, a beast rumored to drain livestock of their blood, and the yara-ma-yha-who, which originated in the oral traditions of Australia and boasts blood suckers on its fingers and toes. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Why the World Needs Bloodsucking Creatures," 2 Dec. 2019 For ma, place pillowcase inside dress, open side down; fill with hay. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Ma and Pa Pumpkins," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of ma


1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ma


short for mama

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“Ma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ma

informal : a person's mother


noun, often capitalized
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Kids Definition of ma

Kids Definition of MA


Medical Definition of mA

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Medical Definition of MA (Entry 2 of 2)

mental age

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Legal Definition of M&A

mergers and acquisitions

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