ma·​ma | \ˈmä-mə, chiefly British mə-ˈmä\
variants: or less commonly mamma or

Definition of mama 

1 : mother

2 slang : wife, woman

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Synonyms for mama


ma, mammy, mater [chiefly British], mom, mommy, mother, old lady

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Examples of mama in a Sentence

I'm not your mama—you'll have to clean up after yourself.

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Even our favorite artists know a good self-portrait coupled with a popular hashtag has goldmine potential for marketers -- so why not flaunt what your mama gave you, right? Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Woman Crush Wednesday: Anitta, Becky G, Amara La Negra & More Latina Singers Killing It on Instagram," 1 Feb. 2018 Dance it out to hip-hop and trap music and learn how to shake what your mama gave you. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Get moving with these 5 unique fitness classes in Chicago this weekend: May 4-7," 3 May 2017 Even though the cub isn't in any immediate danger, the mama bear charges and dives into the water in the blink of an eye to rescue her baby. Diana Bruk, Woman's Day, "This Polar Bear Swiftly Saving Her Cub From Drowning Proves the Power of a Mother's Love," 23 Mar. 2016 Thanks to his chic mama, newborn Crew Gaines already has some of the most stylish baby gear around and his nursery is no exception. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Take a Peek Inside Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Farmhouse Nursery for Baby Crew," 2 July 2018 The drama all started this past Sunday, when Ronnie and his girlfriend/baby mama (Jen gave birth to the couple’s daughter Ariana Sky less than a month ago) started sub-Insta-storying(?) each other. Alexia Lafata, The Cut, "Ronnie From Jersey Shore Is Officially Single," 1 May 2018 Residents chain-smoked in the hallways, including my noise-averse baby mama. Janet Lee, New York Times, "Inheriting an Apartment," 20 Apr. 2018 This is almost as good as the time mama Kris did drunk karaoke on Valentine's Day. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Kendall Jenner Got a Tattoo When She Was ‘Drunk’ and, Honestly, Been There," 15 Mar. 2018 Of course, new mamas and expecting parents also enjoyed the opportunity to bond with others going through similar experiences at the shower. Southern Living, "Cracker Barrel Surprises 100 Military Mamas-to-Be in the Sweetest Way," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of mama

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mama

baby talk

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English Language Learners Definition of mama

: a person's mother


variants: also mamma or momma \ˈmä-​mə \

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