ma·​ma | \ ˈmä-mə How to pronounce mama (audio) , chiefly British mə-ˈmä \
variants: or less commonly mamma or

Definition of mama

1 : mother
2 slang : wife, woman

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Examples of mama in a Sentence

I'm not your mama—you'll have to clean up after yourself.
Recent Examples on the Web Nothing ever goes as planned, and being a mama has taught me so much about flexibility, adapting, and acceptance. Amy Troost, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 Apr. 2022 Pagel guides me into the kitchen, where a string of mama Zimmerman’s original decorative plates dangle above a period-right stove. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 Here’s a thoughtful gift for any new (or expecting) mama who’s likely a little short on self-care time these days. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 15 Apr. 2022 This stretchy buttery-soft jersey dress from Bumpsuit (founded by model mama Nicole Trunfio) will make soon-to-be moms feel comfy and pampered before and after their bundle of joy arrives. Celia Shatzman, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Apr. 2022 Everyone’s so busy with life and travel and work and kids—we’re all mama’s now! Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 4 Apr. 2022 With reminders to know the value of a dollar, work hard, say your prayers and call mama — and a Johnny Cash mention — this is a catchy, radio-ready track. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 25 Mar. 2022 This mama is overwhelmed by God's goodness and grace. Shafiq Najib,, 21 Mar. 2022 And the shoutout and cutaway to her proud mama was beautiful. Mary Mcnamara, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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8 May 2022

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“Mama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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

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