mam·​ma | \ ˈma-mə How to pronounce mamma (audio) \
plural mammae\ ˈma-​ˌmē How to pronounce mammae (audio) , -​ˌmī \

Definition of mamma

: a mammary gland and its accessory parts

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All their questions are answered by way of shock truths in the final act, in which the girl and her mamma are brought together for a powerful showdown. The Economist, "The story of a lost girl," 29 June 2019 Happy 7th big girl, your mamma, little brother, and papa love you around the moon 10 million times and back. Emily Wang, Allure, "Pink's 7-Year-Old Daughter Willow Hart Just Dyed Her Hair the Coolest Shade of Purple," 4 June 2018 Women Visit For Free Rome says grazie to all the women in the world by granting free access to their top sites, including the Caracalla Baths and Colosseum, to all the mammas, nonnas, wives, and daughters out there on Wednesday, March 8. Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Rome in March 2018," 5 Mar. 2018 All guests receive a local advisor for immersion in local culture, including a visit to a mamma’s home to make fresh pasta. Beth Landman, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Hollywood Does Italy: Where to Stay, What to Do and How to Get Around," 9 Oct. 2017 He was dismissed last week Tuesday, and will be here [Hartford] next Tuesday with mamma and Isabel. Susan Dunne,, "Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Disassembled Childhood Home For Sale On EBay," 9 Aug. 2017 Massimo Ferragamo, chairman of Ferragamo USA and the youngest son of Wanda and Salvatore, wearily draws his hand to his forehead, letting a mamma mia unfurl from his mouth. J.j. Martin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Fashion in the Family," 21 Dec. 2007 Thanks for my mamma and Uncle Leo and for my Dutchie strength. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Posted a Sweet Birthday Message to Her Grandma on Instagram," 25 June 2017 That's what my mamma said Cohen's melancholy has always been tinged with a healthy dose of comedy. Stephen Marche, Esquire, "Why Leonard Cohen Gets Better with Age," 1 Oct. 2014

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First Known Use of mamma

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mamma

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"

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mam·​ma | \ ˈmam-ə How to pronounce mamma (audio) \
plural mammae\ ˈmam-​ˌē How to pronounce mammae (audio) , -​ˌī How to pronounce mammae (audio) \

Medical Definition of mamma

: a mammary gland and its accessory parts

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