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Ma-, prefix1

/ma/, /mɑː/
Origin:
SothoShow more Prefix common to the Nguni languages; in the sense ‘mother of’, also Sotho.
Among speakers of the Nguni languages, used as a woman’s title: a. ‘Mrs’; ‘Mother’; ‘Ma’ (prefixed to the woman’s surname or clan name). b. (Also in the Sotho languages.) ‘Mother of’, prefixed to the first name of one of the woman’s children (especially of her first-born son). c. ‘Daughter of’: after the woman’s marriage, prefixed to the first name or clan name of her father, making a name with which to address the woman; used especially in traditional contexts among Zulus. Cf. Mama sense 1 a, Mma-, Mme.
Note:
Usually indicating respect or affection.
1852 R. Speirs Diary. 2 Aug.Left my Kaffers and Pack..at Umdingans and started for Mrs Halley (Mahalley her Kaffer name) a missionary about 30 miles South East of Umdingans.
1987 M. Melamu Children of Twilight 278Baba Mkhize..took umbrage at these activities of the devil, as he described them, when he was about God’s work...Ma-Mkhize was also a lovable woman who had never got herself involved in the kind of tongue-wagging that was so much a characteristic of the women of Wanderers.
‘Mrs’; ‘Mother’; ‘Ma’ (prefixed to the woman’s surname or clan name).
(Also in the Sotho languages.) ‘Mother of’, prefixed to the first name of one of the woman’s children (especially of her first-born son).
‘Daughter of’: after the woman’s marriage, prefixed to the first name or clan name of her father, making a name with which to address the woman; used especially in traditional contexts among Zulus.

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