Definition of mama in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmamə
, məˈmɑː
(also mamma)


  • 1 dated or North American One’s mother (especially as a child’s term): she had hated being parted from her mama and papa [as name]: come along and meet Mama
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    • And he meets some other kids, and those kids have two mamas or two papas.
    • The mamas and papas did not have to just watch their children have all the fun.
    • James Gandolfini plays Tom, the father of the household, and Catherine O'Hara is Christine, the mama to Tom's papa.
  • 2US informal A mature woman: the ultimate tough blues mama
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    • Sorry, would-be martyrs, we do not censor your favorite sites from comments, unless you're into mature mamas or something.
    • Formidable mammas kept a watch out for grooms with purses (over personality).
    • We have been devouring cakes baked by young ladies and old mamas.


mid 16th century: imitative of a child's first syllables ma, ma.

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