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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Pink's 8-year-old daughter Willow seems to be following in the footsteps of her fearless mama. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Pink's 'Punk Rock' Daughter Willow Gets Edgy New Hairstyle," 9 Sep. 2019 Kulture Kiari has quite the boisterous personality — just like her mama Cardi B! Jen Juneau,, "Cardi B Shares Bouncy Video of Kulture with Mom's 'Energy' — but Says Her 'Attitude' Is 'Dad'," 23 July 2019 In the bakery, somebody’s mama is making warm, all-butter flour tortillas (recruited from H-E-B). Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "What My Dream Grocery Store Looks Like," 3 Aug. 2019 His older sister, who seemed to have inherited the paternal wildness, was often out, but his younger brother was a mama’s boy and stayed close. Matthew Van Meter, The New Republic, "The Judge and the Three-Strikes Convict," 17 June 2019 Yet his mama pushes him into show business, where an unscrupulous talent scout takes control of his destiny. Matthew J. Palm,, "Review: Nashville Hurricane - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 Officials at the Rosedale mall SeaQuest said the mama stingray is doing well. Kristi Belcamino, Twin Cities, "Rosedale aquarium has three new baby stingrays," 13 Aug. 2019 As for mama, a roughly 5-year-old domestic short-hair cat, the person who found her wants to adopt her. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "SD Humane Society caring for mama cat and her litter of 11. Luckily, mom can provide," 8 Aug. 2019 Unlike on traditional house flipping shows, viewers can expect some high-end transformations and cameos by celebrities like Steve Aoki, French Montana, and even Disick's baby mama, Kourtney Kardashian. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Scott Disick Tells Us What to Expect from His New Show, Flip it Like Disick," 2 Aug. 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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English Language Learners Definition of mama

informal : a person's mother


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

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