- mamillary line,
- mamillothalamic fascicle,
noun, plural mam·mae [mam-ee] /ˈmæm i/ for 1; mam·ma for 2.
Origin of mamma2
- a sexually attractive, usually mature woman.
- one's wife.
Origin of mama
Examples from the Web for mamma
His other films include Mrs. Doubtfire, Mamma Mia, and The Thomas Crown Affair.Pierce Brosnan’s Life After Bond: From Action Hero to Losing His Daughter to Cancer|Tim Teeman|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When Retsky showed the pathology report to William Hrushesky, his treating oncologist, the doctor exclaimed, “Mamma mia.”
Manolakos, best known for playing Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia!7 Awesome ‘Creep’ Covers: Carrie Manolakos, Scala & Kolacny, Ingrid Michaelson, & More (Video)|The Daily Beast Video|April 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In May 2010, an embarrassing audition tape surfaced online that Klein had shot years earlier for Mamma Mia!Chris Klein Opens Up About His Battle With Alcohol, Katie Holmes, and ‘American Reunion’|Marlow Stern|April 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It was unclear if it was one of the Mamma Grizzlies that Palin would later make famous.
She missed the good-night kiss from her mamma, and tears rose to her eyes.A Little Florida Lady|Dorothy C. Paine
I'm surprised at you, Miriam, when you know how dear mamma would have forbidden it.The Wild Olive|Basil King
"I feared my presence might not be quite desirable just now, mamma," Violet said gayly, coming forward as she spoke.Elsie's Widowhood|Martha Finley
Mamma has been frantic with Mr. Glascock because he has been going to marry,—whom shall I say,—her edition of you.He Knew He Was Right|Anthony Trollope
But, George, we must do as your mamma pleases about my plan, you know.Deerbrook|Harriet Martineau
noun mainly US
Word Origin for mamma
noun plural -mae (-miː)
Word Origin for mamma
1570s, representing the native form of the reduplication of *ma- that is nearly universal among the Indo-European languages (cf. Greek mamme "mother, grandmother," Latin mamma, Persian mama, Russian and Lithuanian mama "mother," German Muhme "mother's sister," French maman, Welsh mam "mother"). Probably a natural sound in baby-talk, perhaps imitative of sound made while sucking.
Its late appearance in English is curious, but Middle English had mome (mid-13c.) "an aunt; an old woman," also an affectionate term of address for an older woman. In educated usage, the stress is always on the last syllable. In terms of recorded usage of related words in English, mama is from 1707, mum is from 1823, mummy in this sense from 1839, mommy 1844, momma 1852, and mom 1867.
1707, spelling variant of mamma. Meaning "sexually attractive woman" first recorded 1925 in black slang; mama's boy "soft, effeminate male" is from 1901.