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 In a world where everybody and their mama has a superpower (literally), what makes someone a hero isn't about power or strength but about the desire to make people smile. TheWeek, "Danez Smith recommends their 6 favorite books," 2 Feb. 2020 Alma writes about crushes and kisses and assignations on the Ringstrasse, about vigorously practicing the piano and earnestly studying composition, about attending the opera, about buying dresses and fighting with her mama. Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books, "It Had to Be Her," 7 Jan. 2020 So especially proud of my mama and her passion for this story and her work. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Ava Phillippe Writes the Most Adoring, Adorable Post to Mom Reese Witherspoon," 18 July 2019 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Cameron Diaz is a hands-on mama. Linda Marx,, "Cameron Diaz Hasn't Hired a Nanny, Says Source: She 'Wants to Spend Every Second' with Baby Raddix," 8 Jan. 2020 But one of the best days, the day mama never shook, was when a pack of Broncos players walked in, armed stuffed with toys. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Broncos legend Ed McCaffrey talks Northern Colorado, his family and why he was “ready” to leave Valor football," 15 Dec. 2019 At the time, the supermodel was treated to a cozy winter wonderland themed baby shower complete with massages, a hot chocolate station and all the self-care treats a mama-to-be could want. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Isn't She Lovely? Chanel Iman And Sterling Shepard Welcome Their Second Child, Cassie Snow," 17 Dec. 2019 To wit: At the Taste of Colorado a few years back, Michelle had to go all badger mama on several adults on her daughter’s behalf. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Lauren Betts is 6-foot-7, 16 years old, and hasn’t even touched the ceiling yet," 8 Dec. 2019 Today, a full-time minimum wage job in America will not keep a mama and a baby out of poverty. Rick Pearson,, "Elizabeth Warren brings presidential campaign to North Side, gets endorsement from Rep. Jan Schakowsky," 30 Nov. 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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11 Feb 2020

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“Mama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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