- a man's sweetheart, girlfriend, or wife.
- a woman regarded as the head of a family.
- the female founder or a leading female member of a company, organization, movement, etc.
- Chiefly Southern U.S. grandmother.
Origin of big mama
First recorded in 1950–55
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