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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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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Not too long after that, this cute 2-year-old gray and white kitty became a mama to six babies. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Daisy the adventurous and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 7 June 2019 He is supposed to be with his lover and baby mama Irina. #TeamIrina — ALY (@aLLLymarch) June 7, 2019 Sending good vibes to Bradley and Irina. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Have Broken Up and Twitter Is Freaking Out," 7 June 2019 And on some occasions, put yours, your mama’s, and your sister’s blowouts to shame. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "13 Times Prince Showed Us That Beauty Isn't Just For The Ladies," 7 June 2019 What piglet wouldn’t want to curl up to a woolly mama? Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Curly-haired pigs and other animals with natural waves," 3 Apr. 2019 This proud mama loves helping people overcome their fears and find joy in the sky. Danielle Williams, SELF, "11 Adventurous Moms Worth Following on Instagram," 20 May 2019 The babies make their way to mama's pouch where only 13 teats are available. Cheryl Conley, Houston Chronicle, "Totally awesome opossum help us fight bugs, snakes," 20 Mar. 2018 Yet, above all, a vision of her wedding dress is set in our minds like mama's pie dough recipe embedded into our palms. Southern Living, "5 Things We Loved About Princess Diana's Dress," 9 Mar. 2018 My mama has always said there’s nothing more interesting than an interested human. Yara Shahidi, Teen Vogue, ""Yes She Can" Is the Yara Shahidi-Approved Collection of Stories From Young Women Staffers of the Obama White House," 14 Jan. 2019

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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

informal : a person's mother


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

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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