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See also: oma, OMA, omã, Omã, omā, öma, and -oma



  • IPA(key): /ˈoːma/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /ˈɔma/ (chiefly western German)
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Oma f (genitive Omas or Oma, plural Omas)

  1. grandma, granny, nan
  2. any elderly woman

Usage notes[edit]

  • The word is commonly used with a definite article in most parts of central Germany, southern Germany, and Austria: Wo ist die Oma? – “Where is Grandma?” In northern Germany—and generally in writing—no article tends to be used: Wo ist Oma?
  • The genitive Omas is used before the modified term, without any article or determiner: Omas Tasche – “Grandma’s bag”. This is chiefly northern German usage; the rest of the language prefers: die Tasche von der Oma (as above). — With an accompanying article or determiner, the genitive takes no ending: die Tasche meiner Oma – “my grandma’s bag”. This, however, is formal usage and Oma is rather rare in formal style; children will say instead: die Tasche von meiner Oma.


  • Genitive without preceding article (i.e. when used as a proper noun): Omas

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Further reading[edit]

  • Oma in Duden online