noun, plural a·mas, a·ma.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for amas

Contemporary Examples of amas

  • And over the weekend, Gaga redefined the R. Kelly duet in a good way on the AMAs.

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    Has Lady Gaga Fallen From Her Throne?

    Michael Musto

    November 26, 2013

  • Following his outrageous performance at the AMAs, Adam Lambert was banned from Good Morning America today.

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    Five Gays Blast GMA

    Jacob Bernstein

    November 24, 2009

Historical Examples of amas

British Dictionary definitions for amas


abbreviation for

American Medical Association
Australian Medical Association
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