\ ˈmäm How to pronounce mom (audio) , ˈməm How to pronounce mom (audio) \

Definition of mom

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Definition of MOM (Entry 2 of 2)

middle of month

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Synonyms for mom

Synonyms: Noun

ma, mama (also mamma), mammy, mater [chiefly British], mommy, mother, old lady

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Examples of mom in a Sentence


be sure to tell your mom and dad that you'll be home late for supper

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Last year, Kylie Jenner celebrated Mother's Day with an extra-special Kylie Cosmetics collection devoted to her mom, Kris Jenner. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Dropped a Kris Jenner Makeup Collection Just in Time for Mother's Day," 23 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile, a large brown hobo bag—which is also having a resurgence!—tied in perfectly to her mom-on-the-go aesthetic. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Katie Holmes’s Radical Mom Jeans Are a Revelation," 22 Apr. 2019 Working every day with any family member can be stressful, let alone your mother (sorry, mom). Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "What to Know about HGTV's Good Bones Season 4," 15 Apr. 2019 View this post on Instagram Happy birthday (again) to my mom whose dream was to see Angkor Wat. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "Valerie Jarrett on First Meeting the Obamas, Voter Suppression, and Beto O’Rourke," 18 Mar. 2019 Also, this is very obvious but very true: shout out to my mom. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Amber Heard Is Really Sick of the Dumb Blonde Cliché," 6 Jan. 2019 In the video, Stormi sits patiently while mom brushes her hair into sections. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Is Learning How to Style Daughter Stormi’s Hair," 9 Apr. 2019 Her ashes stayed in that bland box on shelf at my mom’s house with a figurine of the Fairy Godmother from Disney’s Cinderella watching over her. Jen A. Miller, SELF, "When My Dog Died, I Discovered a Thriving Pet Funeral Industry I Never Knew Existed," 9 Apr. 2019 Ashley Wu, 35 and an Upper East Side mom of two, successfully ran her style... Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "With Maison, Park Avenue Moms Gets a Club of Their Own," 26 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of mom


1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mom


short for momma

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English Language Learners Definition of mom

US, informal : a person's mother


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