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

Definition of ma

 (Entry 1 of 5)

: mother

Definition of mA (Entry 2 of 5)


Definition of Ma (Entry 3 of 5)

million years ago

Definition of MA (Entry 4 of 5)

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

Definition of M&A (Entry 5 of 5)

mergers and acquisitions

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.
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, 16 Apr. 2020 The driver of the vehicle — identified as a 73-year-old ma — was arrested. Michael Cabanatuan,, 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, 8 Sep. 2017 Make sure to order off the ma-la menu, which is the chef's specialty. The Washington Post, 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, 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, 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, 2 Dec. 2019 For ma, place pillowcase inside dress, open side down; fill with hay. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, 9 Sep. 2019 See More

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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 2 Oct. 2022.

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noun, often capitalized
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Medical Definition of mA

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Medical Definition of MA (Entry 2 of 2)

mental age



Legal Definition of M&A

mergers and acquisitions

Ma biographical name

\ ˈmä How to pronounce Ma (audio) \

Definition of Ma

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

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