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, 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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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 Her future with that family is about as crooked as her mama and auntie’s Photoshop fail. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "Introducing the Kardashian Cousin Compatibility Chart," 28 Mar. 2018 There’s nothing but cuteness from a video that shows a mama and baby red panda that made their debut this week at the National Zoo. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Mama and baby red panda make debut at National Zoo," 26 Jan. 2018 Fans have taken to the socials to congratulate mama Cardi, and share their opinions about the baby's name. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Fans React to Cardi B and Offset Welcoming Daughter Kulture Kiari: See the Tweets," 11 July 2018 Olive and her little babes are a great example of the importance of keeping the family together, as the mama cat gives the kittens the best chance to survive. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Adopt a dog or cat from metro Phoenix shelters this week," 5 July 2018 So much respect to her and all mamas out there holding it down and running things. Christina Schoellkopf,, "Hashtag Highlights: 'Wonder Woman 2' teased, 'Degrassi' cast reunited," 15 June 2018 One needed to be big enough to hold all that black womanhood was supposed to be; lover, cook, therapist, mama, freak, co-conspirator, messiah, savior, martyr, while never getting too big. Sonya Renee Taylor, SELF, "The House Next Door," 26 June 2018 Since the death of his mama, Donda, Kanye has been on a beautiful, dark and twisted path. Jeneé Osterheldt, kansascity, "Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Kanye West's new album 'Ye' is a problematic alarm clock," 1 June 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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mama's boy



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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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