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 Just ask Susan Leslie, proud llama mama to 60 of the calmest and cuddliest camelids in South Texas. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: Why do so many River Walk visitors go maskless?," 12 Feb. 2021 The maternity photos show a visibly pregnant new mama draped in nude fabric and with golden sunlight flooding the room. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Glow Off, Sis! Cassie Is Pregnant With Her Second Child," 11 Dec. 2020 This cute little angry mama is much safer ( and frankly much more fun). Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "7 gifts to take the stress out of stress-cleaning," 16 Dec. 2020 My niece left behind several pets -- dogs and a mama cat with kittens. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Adopted kitten helps with grief, causes family feud," 12 Dec. 2020 In addition to its ultra popular chapsticks and skincare products, Burt's Bees is slashing prices on its baby and mama sets for Cyber Monday. Kelsey Clark, Glamour, "20 Best Cyber Monday Baby and Maternity Deals of 2020," 29 Nov. 2020 That new-mama tribe Brooks speaks of certainly helped to hold her down this year too. Charli Penn, Essence, "The Art of Joy: Secrets From Some Of The Happiest Black Women We Know," 25 Nov. 2020 As for now, the designer mama hopes that the haters will abstain from her page. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Fans Stand By Erin Napier After She Received "Cruel Comments" About Her Daughter's Hair," 16 Dec. 2020 Keepers said his favorite spot for sleeping is on the floor of the den next to his mama. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Baby panda grows, crawls at National Zoo," 20 Oct. 2020

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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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25 Feb 2021

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“Mama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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