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Meaning of “ma” in the English Dictionary

"ma" in British English

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manoun [C]

uk   us   /mɑː/
informal old-fashioned a ​mother: As my ​old ma used to say, you can't ​spend what you ain't got. [as form of address] What's ​wrong, Ma? mainly US old-fashioned a ​title for an ​old woman: Ma Johnson always used to ​bake the ​bestcookies.

MAnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌemˈeɪ/
  • MA noun [C] (EDUCATION)

abbreviation for Master of Arts : Julia Richards, MA My ​brother has an MA inlinguistics. She's studying for/doing an MA inFrenchliterature.
  • MA noun [C] (ADDRESS)

written abbreviation for the US ​state of Massachusetts: used in ​addresses
(Definition of ma from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ma" in American English

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manoun [C]

 us   // infml
mother: She was ​thrilled when her ​baby said, "Ma."

M.A.noun [C]

abbreviation forMaster of ​Arts: My ​brother has an M.A. in ​linguistics.
(Definition of ma from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"MA" in Business English

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MAnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌemˈeɪ/
abbreviation for Master of Arts: an ​advanced university degree in a ​subject such as ​literature, ​language, or ​history: She's ​studying for an MA in Anthropology.an MA course/degree/dissertation/programme The MA ​course is more intense than an undergraduate degree. Many of our MA ​studentsstudy on a ​part-timebasis.
(Definition of MA from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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