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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Yup, mama slayed in a simple black strapless onesie from celeb favorite Fashion Nova and captioned the thirst trap with Cardi B lyrics, because duh. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Wore a $18 Romper to Coachella and Looked Smokin' Hot," 16 Apr. 2018 Maybe the ex babysits so mama can have a date night with her butch heartthrob. Lily Burana, Marie Claire, "Where Are Our Queer Rom-Coms?," 15 Feb. 2019 In her own life, the soon-to-be mama of two hopes that her kids will live their lives with empathy. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Carrie Underwood opens up about her new song 'Love Wins': 'We can learn from each other'," 30 Aug. 2018 Jordin Sparks is now a mama! The American Idol champ gave birth to her first child with husband Dana Isaiah, Dana Isaiah Thomas Jr., on Thursday (May 2) in Los Angeles. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Jordin Sparks Welcomes Baby Boy D.J.: 'We Couldn't Be More In Love'," 5 May 2018 As a mama currently carrying a cutie with an extra chromosome this made my day!!! Allison Klein, Washington Post, "Lucas was just named 2018 Gerber baby. He has Down syndrome.," 8 Feb. 2018 Separating a mama from a baby does not make this country safer. James Freeman, WSJ, "How Not to Resolve the Immigration Debate," 23 Aug. 2018 Mama black bear or mama grizzly defending her cubs: Play dead. Rachel Levin,, "Here’s What You Should Do If You See a Bear—Whether You’re on the Trail or in Your Backyard," 16 Apr. 2018 Sarras once installed a cap, only to have a raccoon mama eat through the screen to get to her babies, which Sarras had unintentionally trapped inside. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "So You Want To Fix Your Chimney," 21 Dec. 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

informal : a person's mother


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

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