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Definition of mama noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    mama

     noun
    (also mamma) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈmæmə//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæmə//
     
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  1. 1
    BrE BrE//ˈmæmə//
     
    , also BrE//məˈmɑː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæmə//
     
    (North American English or British English, old-fashioned) mother see also mummy See related entries: Relations
  2. 2in some places in Africa, a mother or older woman (often used as a title that shows respect) Leave this work to us, mama. Miriam Makeba became known as Mama Africa. Mama Ngina Kenyatta See related entries: Relations
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: imitative of a child's first syllables ma, ma.
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