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See also: mae, Mae, Maè, Māe, , , ma'e, and -mä


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From Old Galician-Portuguese mãy, hypocoristic form of madre, from Latin māter (mother), from Proto-Indo-European *méh₂tēr (mother).

Compare Galician mai, nai, Mirandese, Leonese, and Aragonese mai and Asturian ma.


  • (file)
  • Homophone: Mem (Portugal)
  • Rhymes: -ɐ̃j̃
  • Hyphenation: mãe


mãe f (plural mães)

  1. mother (female who gives birth to or parents a child)
    Synonyms: genetriz, genitora, mamã, (childish) mamãe, progenitora
    Coordinate term: pai
  2. one's mother
    Mãe, a senhora viu meus óculos?
    Mom, have you seen my glasses?
  3. (figurative) mother (source or origin)
    A Ibéria é a mãe da Era do Descobrimento.
    Iberia is the mother of the Age of Discovery.
  4. (relational, in compounds) mother, stem (whence others spawn, are generated, are copied or stem)
    célula-mãestem cell
  5. lees (sediment that settles during fermentation of beverages)
    Synonym: madre

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Related terms[edit]


  • Angolar: maa
  • Ambonese Malay: mai, maitua
  • Annobonese: mai, me
  • Guinea-Bissau Creole: mai
  • Indo-Portuguese: mãe, mai
  • Kabuverdianu: mai
  • Konkani: मांय (māiya)
  • Kristang: mai
  • Nheengatu: manha
  • Principense: mwin
  • Sãotomense: men
  • Tetun Dili: madre

Further reading[edit]

  • mãe” in Dicionário Aberto based on Novo Diccionário da Língua Portuguesa de Cândido de Figueiredo, 1913