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noun (1)

mam·​ma ˈma-mə How to pronounce mamma (audio)
plural mammae ˈma-ˌmē How to pronounce mamma (audio)
: a mammary gland and its accessory parts


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noun (2)


less common spelling of mama

: mother
slang : wife, woman

Examples of mamma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Elizabeth Banks is one hard-working mamma, and that’s just fine with her. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 30 Oct. 2023 God bless my mamma in heaven! Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Apr. 2021 At 19, Stella packed up her camera, gave a big kiss to her mamma, and moved to London to attend photography at University of the Arts (with the help of Google Translate). Vogue, 29 Nov. 2022 Proud mamma Kris Jenner filming the entire show on her phone. Colleen Barry, Fortune, 25 Sep. 2022

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Word History


Noun (1)

borrowed from New Latin, going back to Latin, "breast, udder, mother," nursery word with cognate or parallel formations in other Indo-European languages, as Old Irish muimme "nurse, foster mother," Welsh mam "mother," Russian máma, Lithuanian mamà, momà, Greek mámmē "mother, grandmother," Armenian mam "grandmother," Sanskrit māmaḥ "uncle"

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mamma was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mamma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


mam·​ma ˈmam-ə How to pronounce mamma (audio)
plural mammae ˈmam-ˌē How to pronounce mamma (audio) -ˌī How to pronounce mamma (audio)
: a mammary gland and its accessory parts
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