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niña

[nee-nyah] /ˈni nyɑ/
noun, plural niñas
[nee-nyahs] /ˈni nyɑs/ (Show IPA).
Spanish.
1.
girl; child.

Nina

[nee-nuh, nahy-] /ˈni nə, ˈnaɪ-/
noun
1.
a female given name, Russian form of Anna.

Niña

[neen-yuh, nee-nuh; Spanish nee-nyah] /ˈnin yə, ˈni nə; Spanish ˈni nyɑ/
noun
1.
one of the three ships under the command of Columbus when he made his first voyage of discovery to America in 1492.
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  • Thomas and nina were married at her home in Bangor, December 26, 1872.

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  • nina Kostalergi was then about seventeen, though she looked at least three years older.

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  • We had just finished dressing, and nina had gone to pile fresh logs on the fire, when I heard a splash in the water of the creek.

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  • nina's eyes flashed angrily, as though such jesting was an offence.

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  • Meanwhile the governess had, with the assistance of two of the negro attendants, brought nina into the house.

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British Dictionary definitions for nina

Niña

/ˈniːnə; Spanish ˈniɲa/
noun
1.
the Niña, one of the three ships commanded by Columbus in 1492
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Word Origin and History for nina

Nina

fem. proper name; in a Russian context it is a shortening of Annina, diminutive of Greek Anna. In a Spanish context, Niña "child, infant," a nursery word.

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