or mam·ma

[ mah-muh; for 1 also muh-mah ]
/ ˈmɑ mə; for 1 also məˈmɑ /


Informal. mother1.
  1. a sexually attractive, usually mature woman.
  2. one's wife.


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Origin of mama

1545–55; nursery word, with parallels in other European languages, probably in part inherited or borrowed, in part newly formed; compare Latin mamma, Greek mámmē breast, mama (see mamma2), French maman mama, Welsh mam mother (< *mammā) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for mama

/ (məˈmɑː) /


old-fashioned an informal word for mother 1
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