Mama: 12 definitions



Mama means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi, Hindi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Pali-English dictionary

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Mama, Gen. Dat. of pers. pron. ahaṃ (q. v.) used quasi independently (as substitute for our “self-”) in phrase mama-y-idaṃ Sn. 806 thought of “this is mine, ” cp. S. I, 14, i.e. egoism, belief in a real personal entity, explained at Nd1 124 by maññanā conceit, illusion. Also in var. phrases with kṛ in form mamaṃ°, viz. mamaṅkāra etc.—As adj. “self-like, selfish” only neg. amama unselfish Sn. 220 (=mamatta-virahita SnA 276); Pv IV. 134 (=mamaṅkāra-virahita PvA. 230); J. IV, 372; VI, 259. See also amama, cp. māmaka. (Page 523)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

mama (मम).—ind A word (opposed to papa) used by cartmen and ploughmen in directing the lefthand-bullock.

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mama (मम).—(S) Mine; the sixth case in Sanskrit gram- mar of asmad. It occurs frequently in poetry. Ex. tyā kṣēma asō mama varā || asēṃ bōlē cintāturā ||. mama mhaṇaṇēṃ To say It is mine; to cry Ego, or say Yes. 2 To confess or own: also to consent or agree to.

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māma (माम).—m (Imit.) A term amongst children for the mother's breast; also n for the daily meal.

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māmā (मामा).—m (māmaka S) A maternal uncle. 2 A respectful compellation for the father of one's wife; also for a male person in general. Pr. kāmāpuratā māmā My dear friend--as long as I want your service. 3 A term of abuse for a person unlettered and unversed in business. 4 A facetious name at night for a rat. (Use at night of the plain name is held to be unlucky.)

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

mama (मम).—pro Mine.

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māmā (मामा).—m A maternal uncle. A respectful compellation for the father of one's wife.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mama (मम).—(Gen. sing. of asmād the first personal pronoun) My, mine.

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Māma (माम).—a. (- f.)

1) My, mine.

2) Dear friend.

3) Uncle (used in voc.).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Mama (मम).—[ and mamama, nt., read amama, q.v.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mama (मम).—Ind. The genitive singular of the first personal pronoun.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Māma (माम).—i. e. mama, gen. sing. of asmad, + a, adj. Mine, [Pañcatantra] 98, 13; dear, 50, 12; 16; 51, 13; 23; 52, 4, etc.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Māma (माम).—[masculine] only [vocative] in confidential address = uncle.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Mama (मम):—[genitive case] sg. of 1st [person] [pronoun] in [compound]

2) Māma (माम):—m. ([from] mama [literally], ‘belonging to mine’) dear friend, uncle (only in [vocative case] sg. as a term of affection among animals in fables), [Pañcatantra] (cf. tāta, mātula etc.)

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Māmā (मामा):—(nm) maternal uncle; also [māmūṃ] (generally used by Muslims); ~[] maternal aunt.

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