mama

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Her character, Renata Klein — a confident businesswoman with a mama bear approach to motherhood — seems tailor-made for the veteran actress, who specializes in a singular type of scene-stealing hysteria. Washington Post, "Laura Dern is the best part of ‘Big Little Lies’ right now," 24 June 2019 Her character, Renata Klein - a confident businesswoman with a mama bear approach to motherhood - seems tailor-made for the veteran actress, who specializes in a singular type of scene-stealing hysteria. Bethonie Butler, chicagotribune.com, "Laura Dern is the best part of ‘Big Little Lies’ right now," 24 June 2019 Today, a full-time minimum-wage job in America will not keep a mama and a baby out of poverty. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "Can Elizabeth Warren Win It All?," 14 June 2019 Such a beautiful route including a mama bear and two cubs running along the countryside. Kelly Barrett, National Geographic, "10 lesser-known train trips," 15 Mar. 2019 Laura Leigh Abby is a writer, wife and mama living in New York’s Hudson Valley. Laura Leigh Abby, Washington Post, "How parenthood has helped me redefine Pride," 10 June 2019 An infant can’t object to a soft-filtered selfie with mama; a toddler won’t know if their tantrum becomes a topic of online commiseration. Caitlin Gibson, Twin Cities, "Gen Z kids are the stars of their parents’ social media — and they have opinions about that," 5 June 2019 An infant can't object to a soft-filtered selfie with mama; a toddler won't know if their tantrum becomes a topic of online commiseration. Caitlin Gibson, Anchorage Daily News, "Gen Z kids are the stars of their parents’ social media - and they have opinions about that," 4 June 2019 The conditions here seem especially hospitable to mama polar bears. National Geographic, "Fun Facts About the Bering and Chukchi Seas," 26 Mar. 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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mama

informal : a person's mother

mama

noun
ma·​ma
variants: also mamma or momma \ ˈmä-​mə \

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