Ajumma (Korean: 아줌마), sometimes spelled ajoomma, is a respectful Korean word for a married, or marriage aged woman. It comes from the Korean word Ajumeoni (Korean: 아주머니).[1] Although it is sometimes translated "aunt", it does not actually refer to a family relationship. It is most often used to refer to any middle-aged or older woman since referring to an elder by name without a title in Korea is not socially acceptable. However, the word is starting to become more socially acceptable as the feminist movement progresses.


  1. ^ "아줌마" [Ajumma] (in Korean). The National Institute of the Korean Language. Retrieved 2014-02-19.