Meaning of “ma” in the English Dictionary

"ma" in British English

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manoun [ C ]

uk /mɑː/ us /mɑː/

informal old-fashioned a mother:

As my old ma used to say, you can't spend what you ain't got.

mainly US old-fashioned a title for an old woman:

Ma Johnson always used to bake the best cookies.

MAnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌemˈeɪ/ us /ˌemˈeɪ/

(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


She was thrilled when her baby said, "Ma."

abbreviation for Master 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 /ˌemˈeɪ/ us

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 students study on a part-time basis.

(Definition of “MA” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)