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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Examples of mama in a Sentence

I'm not your mama—you'll have to clean up after yourself.
Recent Examples on the Web Like mama always says, not all that glitters is gold, which was certainly the case with this house. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "In the Next Episode of Home Town Takeover, Ben and Erin Napier Take On the House From Big Fish," 3 May 2021 No one knows this better than Ruth Greenberg, often referred to as the state’s mama of medical parole. STAT, "States with springtime Covid-19 surges appear to have turned a corner," 14 Apr. 2021 Among the crew was none other than Alex's famous mama, Ree Drummond. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Ree Drummond Shares Marriage Advice for Daughter Alex: "It’s Good to Think of It as 100/100"," 20 Apr. 2021 Recio tells us about a bull elephant that used its tusks as a forklift to rescue a baby rhino that was stuck in the mud, despite being charged repeatedly by the mama rhino, which apparently mistook this compassionate act for aggression. Washington Post, "Eye-opening acts of empathy in the animal kingdom," 9 Apr. 2021 Since attending in-person dance classes isn’t an option, this mama created her own private house party. Tonilyn Hornung, Good Housekeeping, "Parents Are Going to Great Lengths for "Me Time" During the Pandemic," 8 Apr. 2021 Dynamite was here for a month and his mama showed up today to take him home! Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Georgia Woman Reunited With Her Beloved Dog Three Years After He Was Stolen," 24 Mar. 2021 These gift ideas for moms who like to fish might help your mama hook a whopper. Outdoor Life, "Gift Ideas for Moms Who Fish: Gear and Fishing Gadgets to Help Her Catch the Big One," 22 Mar. 2021 Rearing up like a mama bear, Katrina demanded their supervisor’s information. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "‘We are afforded a happy story’: What life looks like a year after COVID almost killed this young Dallas dad," 11 Mar. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Mama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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