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


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


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

    Mary and I Stephen Return Riggs
  • Columbus told the rowers as Danny and Nina got into the skiff.

    My Shipmate--Columbus Stephen Wilder
  • 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.

    His Unknown Wife Louis Tracy
  • He had never let go of Nina's hand, but now he did, getting a lifeguard's hold on her.

    My Shipmate--Columbus Stephen Wilder
  • Meanwhile the governess had, with the assistance of two of the negro attendants, brought Nina into the house.

    The Prairie-Bird Charles Augustus Murray
British Dictionary definitions for Nina


/ˈniːnə; Spanish ˈniɲa/
the Niña, one of the three ships commanded by Columbus in 1492
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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