[ ah-mah ]

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

Words Nearby ama

Other definitions for -ama (2 of 3)


  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.

Other definitions for A.M.A. (3 of 3)


  1. American Management Association.

  2. American Medical Association.

  1. American Motorcycle Association. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ama in a sentence

  • Probably a corruption of the popular term “Kafir,” ama being the plural sign.

    The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley | Bertram Mitford
  • So true is the Italian proverb: Ogn' un ama la giustizia in cosa d altrui.

  • His brown Norfolk jacket was open, and he carried a brand new, though somewhat shapeless pan-ama hat in his hand.

    West Wind Drift | George Barr McCutcheon
  • Mourakoumo means “clouds of clouds”; ama means “heaven”; tsurogi means “sword.”

    Mythical Monsters | Charles Gould
  • The violin-makers of Cremona came, as we have said, from Brescia, beginning with the ama-tis.

British Dictionary definitions for AMA


abbreviation for
  1. American Medical Association

  2. Australian Medical Association

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