noun, plural a·mas, a·ma.
  1. a Japanese diver, usually a woman, who tends underwater oyster beds used in the cultivation of pearls.

Origin of ama

From Japanese, dating back to 1945–50, of uncertain origin


  1. variant of -orama, occurring as the final element in compounds when the first element is a disyllable ending in -r, used so that the entire word maintains the same number of syllables as panorama: rollerama; Futurama.


  1. American Management Association.
  2. American Medical Association.
  3. American Motorcycle Association. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for ama

Contemporary Examples of ama

Historical Examples of ama

British Dictionary definitions for ama


abbreviation for
  1. American Medical Association
  2. Australian Medical Association
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012