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plural moms

Definition of mom

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: a female parent : mother … describes her mom as a creative and resourceful parent.People Weekly Of course, my frustration wouldn't be complete without a weepy phone call to my mom back home.— Taylor Griffin I started quilting after watching my mom make a baby quilt for a friend.— Raquela Elizabeth Carlson Each fall Petra's mom bought the same color socks for all seven of them so that, in theory, there was always a size that fit.— Blue Balliett often used as a name Have you asked Mom if we can go?Mom, I'm home!

Definition of MOM (Entry 2 of 2)

middle of month

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Synonyms for mom

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of mom in a Sentence

Noun be sure to tell your mom and dad that you'll be home late for supper
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chase's mom updates his battle: 'Chemo didn't work, slow down time, tumor growth' Chase was given five months to live. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Chase Smith, who captivated nation with marriage to Sadie amid terminal cancer, dies," 4 Apr. 2021 Carroll Foy similarly makes her role as a mom an essential fixture of her campaign, sharing her day-to-day with both pride and humor. Natalie Johnson, NBC News, "This is what it's like to run for governor with twin toddlers ― during a pandemic," 31 Mar. 2021 Actress Lauren Graham stars as the mom of one of the players cut by the Ducks, who looks to lure Bombay out of retirement to coach the new team. Mike Rose, cleveland, "How to watch ‘The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers’ streaming premiere on Disney Plus (3/26/21)," 25 Mar. 2021 Melissa Edgington, who is married to an SBC pastor in Olney, Texas, and describes herself as a stay-at-home mom of three children, says she's had lifelong devotion to her denomination. David Crary, Star Tribune, "Growing number of Southern Baptist women question roles," 24 Mar. 2021 The boy didn’t tell his mom about it until days later, and the other kids, including my own, didn’t report this to the grown-ups at the game. Washington Post, "Attacks against Asian Americans are up. It’s time to pay attention.," 18 Mar. 2021 Working from home as a mom, with no school in session has been THE MOST EXCRUCIATING experience of my life. Fortune, "Is the 9-to-5 office routine dead? Here’s what workers want," 12 Mar. 2021 Michelle Williams is reportedly in talks to star as the main character's mom. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Steven Spielberg to direct a movie about his Arizona childhood. Here's what we know so far," 11 Mar. 2021 As a mom and a physician, Dr. Elizabeth Marshall-Smith, 37, chief operations officer of the Pinnacle Physicians Group, saw some of her greatest challenges in the past year while helping her hospital care for more than 1,400 COVID-19 patients. al, "Dr. Elizabeth Marshall-Smith on COVID: ‘It was like going into battle every day’," 8 Mar. 2021

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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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6 Apr 2021

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“Mom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mom

US, informal : a person's mother


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