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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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  • Though another man's wife, annas Lynn had wept for the handsome cavalier.

    Barbara Lynn Emily J. Jenkinson
  • At the gates at Monksburn we took up annas, and Wedderburn joined us there too.

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
  • At Channapatna, in Mysore, I purchased for three annas a large collection of articles of pottery made out of black and brown clay.

  • Grandmamma looked at me, then at Flora, then at annas, and took a pinch of snuff.

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
  • I pay one anna (or three halfpence) for a chicken, or two annas for a full grown fowl.

  • I turned to Miss Newton with my eyes full, as annas rose from the harp.

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
  • Following the impulse of the outer world when dealing with natives, I put my hand into my pocket and drew out four annas.

  • I only hoped annas already knew of my share in the plot to rescue Angus.

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
  • We saw captured a fine cock which my friend purchased for two annas.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • I did not like his seeming to be thus at the beck and call of annas; and I did not know why it vexed me.

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for annas


a former Indian copper coin, worth one sixteenth of a rupee
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi ānā
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for annas


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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The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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annas in the Bible

was high priest A.D. 7-14. In A.D. 25 Caiaphas, who had married the daughter of Annas (John 18:13), was raised to that office, and probably Annas was now made president of the Sanhedrim, or deputy or coadjutor of the high priest, and thus was also called high priest along with Caiaphas (Luke 3:2). By the Mosaic law the high-priesthood was held for life (Num. 3:10); and although Annas had been deposed by the Roman procurator, the Jews may still have regarded him as legally the high priest. Our Lord was first brought before Annas, and after a brief questioning of him (John 18:19-23) was sent to Caiaphas, when some members of the Sanhedrim had met, and the first trial of Jesus took place (Matt. 26:57-68). This examination of our Lord before Annas is recorded only by John. Annas was president of the Sanhedrim before which Peter and John were brought (Acts 4:6).

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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