Usage note
This word can also be spelled "momma" or "mamma."
mama(
ma
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muh
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(mother)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la mamá
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The mamas were all dropping their kids off at school.Todas las mamás habían ido a dejar a sus hijos en la escuela.
b. la mami
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I'm going to tell your mama what you just did!¡Le voy a contar a tu mami lo que acabas de hacer!
2.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(woman)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la mujer
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Woah, that mama can sure sing.Guau, esa mujer canta rebién.
b. la doñita
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
That mama who works at the market makes some sick smoothies.La doñita que trabaja en el mercado hace unos licuados riquísimos.
c. la mina
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(Southern Cone)
There was a cute little mama behind the counter in the store.En la tienda, había una mina lindísima detrás del mostrador.
d. la tía
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
I saw Jed hanging out with some cool mamas the other day.El otro día vi a Jed con unas tías buenísimas.
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mama [məˈmɑː]
noun
mamá (f)
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mamá
mamá(
mah
-
mah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(relative)
a. mom
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Tengo que limpiar la casa porque hoy viene mi mamá.I have to clean the house because my mom is coming today.
b. mommy
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Mamá, ¿me das un vaso de leche?Mommy, can I have a glass of milk?
c. mum
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
Mi mamá siempre se preocupa por todo.My mum's always worrying about everything.
d. mummy
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
Mamá, necesito lápices y borrador para la escuela.Mummy, I need pencils and a rubber for school.
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mamá
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (colloquial)
a. mum (United Kingdom)
b. mom
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
2. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
mamá grandegrandma
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mamá
1 (madre) mum (familiar); mummy (familiar); mom (familiar); (EEUU) mommy (familiar); (EEUU)
futura mamá mother-to-be
2 especialmente (Centroamérica) (Caribe) (México) [de cortesía] mother
mamá grande (Col) grandmother
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