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mum

noun [C] uk   /mʌm/ UK informal ( US mom) us  
A1 a mother: [as form of address] Happy birthday, Mum. All the mums and dads are invited to the school play at the end of the year. She loves being a mum.
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adjective uk   /mʌm/ informal us  
keep mum to say nothing about a subject: It's not official yet, so keep mum .
Translations of “mum”
in Spanish mamá…
in Korean 엄마…
in Arabic أُمّ…
in Portuguese mãe, mamãe…
in Catalan mama…
in Japanese ママ(英国で母をさす言葉)…
in Italian mamma…
in Chinese (Traditional) 媽媽…
in Russian мама…
in Turkish anne…
in Chinese (Simplified) 妈妈…
in Polish mama…
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