마마

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sino-Korean word from 媽媽 (mum)

Pronunciation[edit]


IPA(key) [ˈma̠ːma̠]
Phonetic Hangul :
Romanizations
RR mama
RR (translit.) mama
MC mama
Yale māma

Noun[edit]

마마 (mama)

  1. (honorific) Your Majesty, His Majesty, Her Majesty
  2. (honorific) Madame for a concubine of an ancient high-ranking official
  3. (honorific) goddess who is allegedly responsible for smallpox
  4. smallpox, pockmark

Related terms[edit]

(Majesty):

(smallpox):

  • 별성마마 (別星媽媽, byeolseongmama, “smallpox”), originally the honorific for the goddess who is allegedly responsible for smallpox
  • 손님마마 (-媽媽, sonnimmama, “smallpox”), literally "guest the honorable"
  • 역신마마 (疫神媽媽, yeoksinmama, “crowned prince”), originally the honorific for the goddess who is allegedly responsible for smallpox