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Alternative Spellings

imma, ima, ema


  • mother

Example Sentences

  • "My ima taught me how light candles on Friday night."

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew


אמא (or אימא)

Who Uses This

Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


North America


Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


See also abba, saba, savta, tate, mame, zaidie, and bubbe.

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