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"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. [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 best cookies.

MAnoun [C]

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

abbreviation for Master of Arts : Julia Richards, MA My brother has an MA in linguistics. She's studying for/doing an MA in French literature.
  • 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 students study on a part-time basis.
(Definition of MA from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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