See also: Mamma, mammà, and måmma

English

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Etymology 1

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Learned borrowing from Latin mamma.

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mamma (plural mammae or mammas)

  1. (anatomy, plural mammae) The milk-secreting organ of female humans and other mammals which includes the mammary gland and the nipple or teat; a breast; an udder.
  2. (meteorology) An accessory cloud like a mammary in appearance, which can form on the underside of most cloud genera.
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Etymology 2

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Alternative spelling of mama; see further etymology there.

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mamma (plural mammas)

  1. Alternative spelling of mama: mother.
    • 1856, Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part III Chapter XI, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling
      The next day Charles had the child brought back. She asked for her mamma. They told her she was away; that she would bring her back some playthings.

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  • mamma”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.

Alemannic German

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mamma f

  1. (Gressoney) mom, mama

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Dutch

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Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈmɑ.maː/
  • Audio:(file)
  • Hyphenation: mam‧ma
  • Rhymes: -ɑmaː

Etymology 1

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Noun

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mamma f (plural mamma's, diminutive mammaatje n)

  1. Alternative form of mama.

Etymology 2

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Borrowed from Latin mamma.

Noun

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mamma f (plural mamma's or mammae)

  1. mamma, breast
    Synonym: borst
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Most people will use this word as an alternative spelling of mama (mother).

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mamma f (genitive singular mammu, plural mammur)

  1. mom, mum (colloquial word for mother)
    Synonym: móðir
    Hvar er mamma mín?
    Where is my mommy?

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Declension of mamma
f1 singular plural
indefinite definite indefinite definite
nominative mamma mamman mammur mammurnar
accusative mammu mammuna mammur mammurnar
dative mammu mammuni mammum mammunum
genitive mammu mammunnar mamma mammanna

Finnish

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Etymology

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From Swedish mamma.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈmɑmːɑ/, [ˈmɑ̝mːɑ̝]
  • Rhymes: -ɑmːɑ
  • Syllabification(key): mam‧ma

Noun

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mamma

  1. (dialectal) mama
    Synonym: äiti
  2. (colloquial) An elder, plump woman.
    Synonym: tantta

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Inflection of mamma (Kotus type 9/kala, no gradation)
nominative mamma mammat
genitive mamman mammojen
partitive mammaa mammoja
illative mammaan mammoihin
singular plural
nominative mamma mammat
accusative nom. mamma mammat
gen. mamman
genitive mamman mammojen
mammain rare
partitive mammaa mammoja
inessive mammassa mammoissa
elative mammasta mammoista
illative mammaan mammoihin
adessive mammalla mammoilla
ablative mammalta mammoilta
allative mammalle mammoille
essive mammana mammoina
translative mammaksi mammoiksi
abessive mammatta mammoitta
instructive mammoin
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of mamma (Kotus type 9/kala, no gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative mammani mammani
accusative nom. mammani mammani
gen. mammani
genitive mammani mammojeni
mammaini rare
partitive mammaani mammojani
inessive mammassani mammoissani
elative mammastani mammoistani
illative mammaani mammoihini
adessive mammallani mammoillani
ablative mammaltani mammoiltani
allative mammalleni mammoilleni
essive mammanani mammoinani
translative mammakseni mammoikseni
abessive mammattani mammoittani
instructive
comitative mammoineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative mammasi mammasi
accusative nom. mammasi mammasi
gen. mammasi
genitive mammasi mammojesi
mammaisi rare
partitive mammaasi mammojasi
inessive mammassasi mammoissasi
elative mammastasi mammoistasi
illative mammaasi mammoihisi
adessive mammallasi mammoillasi
ablative mammaltasi mammoiltasi
allative mammallesi mammoillesi
essive mammanasi mammoinasi
translative mammaksesi mammoiksesi
abessive mammattasi mammoittasi
instructive
comitative mammoinesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative mammamme mammamme
accusative nom. mammamme mammamme
gen. mammamme
genitive mammamme mammojemme
mammaimme rare
partitive mammaamme mammojamme
inessive mammassamme mammoissamme
elative mammastamme mammoistamme
illative mammaamme mammoihimme
adessive mammallamme mammoillamme
ablative mammaltamme mammoiltamme
allative mammallemme mammoillemme
essive mammanamme mammoinamme
translative mammaksemme mammoiksemme
abessive mammattamme mammoittamme
instructive
comitative mammoinemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative mammanne mammanne
accusative nom. mammanne mammanne
gen. mammanne
genitive mammanne mammojenne
mammainne rare
partitive mammaanne mammojanne
inessive mammassanne mammoissanne
elative mammastanne mammoistanne
illative mammaanne mammoihinne
adessive mammallanne mammoillanne
ablative mammaltanne mammoiltanne
allative mammallenne mammoillenne
essive mammananne mammoinanne
translative mammaksenne mammoiksenne
abessive mammattanne mammoittanne
instructive
comitative mammoinenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative mammansa mammansa
accusative nom. mammansa mammansa
gen. mammansa
genitive mammansa mammojensa
mammainsa rare
partitive mammaansa mammojaan
mammojansa
inessive mammassaan
mammassansa
mammoissaan
mammoissansa
elative mammastaan
mammastansa
mammoistaan
mammoistansa
illative mammaansa mammoihinsa
adessive mammallaan
mammallansa
mammoillaan
mammoillansa
ablative mammaltaan
mammaltansa
mammoiltaan
mammoiltansa
allative mammalleen
mammallensa
mammoilleen
mammoillensa
essive mammanaan
mammanansa
mammoinaan
mammoinansa
translative mammakseen
mammaksensa
mammoikseen
mammoiksensa
abessive mammattaan
mammattansa
mammoittaan
mammoittansa
instructive
comitative mammoineen
mammoinensa

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Noun

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mamma (plural mamma)

  1. mammary gland
  2. mummy; mom; mum

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mamma

  1. to suck the breast

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mamma f (genitive singular mömmu, nominative plural mömmur)

  1. mom, mum (colloquial word for mother)
    Synonym: móðir
    Hvar er mamma mín?
    Where is my mommy?

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Interlingua

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mamma (plural mammas)

  1. mamma
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Italian

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Etymology

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From Latin mamma.

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mamma f (plural mamme)

  1. mom (US), mommy (US), mum (UK), mummy (UK)
  2. mother
  3. type of artichoke

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Further reading

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  • mamma in Dizionario Italiano Olivetti, Olivetti Media Communication

Latin

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Etymology

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From Ancient Greek μάμμη (mámmē).

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mamma f (genitive mammae); first declension

  1. (anatomy) breast
    Puero isti date mammam.
    Give that boy of yours your breast [i.e. suckle him].
  2. (anatomy) udder; pap
  3. (anatomy, of animals) teat, dug
    mammam sugereto suck on a breast
  4. (childish) mama (mother)
    Cum cibum ac potionem buas ac papas vocent, matrem mammam, patrem tatam.
    Since children call food and drink bua and papa, mother mamma and father tata.
  5. (by extension) a protuberance on tree bark

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  • This term was used especially of females, but also of males – although rarely:
    Mammas homo solus e maribus habet.
    Among male animals, man alone has breasts.

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First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative mamma mammae
Genitive mammae mammārum
Dative mammae mammīs
Accusative mammam mammās
Ablative mammā mammīs
Vocative mamma mammae

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References

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  • mamma”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • mamma”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • mamma in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • mamma in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • mamma”, in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857), A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly

Latvian

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mamma f (4th declension)

  1. mum
  2. mother

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  • IPA(key): /mama/, [ˈmɑ̂mːa]

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mamma m (definite singular mammaen, indefinite plural mammaer, definite plural mammaene)

  1. mother
    Synonym: mor

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mamma f (definite singular mammaa, indefinite plural mammaer, definite plural mammaene)

  1. mother
    Synonym: mor

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mamma n

  1. a vital spot of the body
  2. nerve center

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Romansch

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From Latin mamma.

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mamma f (plural mammas)

  1. mother

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  • (with regards to gender): bab
  • (with regards to ancestry): figl, figlia

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mamma c

  1. mom (US), mommy (US), mama (US), mum (UK), mummy (UK)
    Synonyms: mor, moder, (slang) morsa, (definite, colloquial) mamsen
    Antonym: pappa
    Han älskar sin mamma.
    He loves his mom.

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The most common and neutral word for mother.

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Declension of mamma 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative mamma mamman mammor mammorna
Genitive mammas mammans mammors mammornas

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