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[ah-nuh] /ˈɑ nə/
a former cupronickel coin of Pakistan, the 16th part of a rupee: last issued in 1960.
a former cupronickel coin of India, the 16th part of a rupee.
Origin of anna
1720-30; < Hindi ānā


[an-uh] /ˈæn ə/
Douay Bible. Hannah.
a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “grace.”. Unabridged
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  • They had a long and pleasant meal, and old anna enjoyed every moment of it.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • It was administered to the Countess anna, and effected a complete cure.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • “I am anna Cresswell,” continued the 68 tall girl to Elizabeth.

  • But in the composite photograph it was anna who predominated.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • He thought that he loved the mother of anna better than anyone he had ever known.

    Little Tony of Italy Madeline Brandeis
British Dictionary definitions for anna


a former Indian copper coin, worth one sixteenth of a rupee
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi ānā
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Word Origin and History for anna


fem. proper name, from Latin Anna, from Greek Anna, from Hebrew Hannah, literally "grace, graciousness" (see Hannah).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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anna in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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anna in the Bible

grace, an aged widow, the daughter of Phanuel. She was a "prophetess," like Miriam, Deborah, and Huldah (2 Chr. 34:22). After seven years of married life her husband died, and during her long widowhood she daily attended the temple services. When she was eighty-four years old, she entered the temple at the moment when the aged Simeon uttered his memorable words of praise and thanks to God that he had fulfilled his ancient promise in sending his Son into the world (Luke 2:36, 37).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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