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[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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  • The other two, the Pinta and niña, had only decks fore and aft.

    From Pole to Pole Sven Anders Hedin
  • But the niña could not hold them all, and how were they to get back to Spain?

    From Pole to Pole Sven Anders Hedin
  • He of the niña made the Canaries 440 leagues distant, the Pinta 420.

  • This much: the niña was with a caravan that had come from one of your western states.

    The Wild Huntress Mayne Reid
  • The third and smallest caravel, called the niña, the Spanish word for baby, was built much like the Pinta.

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
  • Do that, niña, and we might have a better chance of a little conversation at this hour.

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • They saw many tunny-fish, and the crew of the niña killed one.

  • Or, if so, then it must be that he has gone to join the señora and the niña, who are still at El Quiss.

    The Mystery of The Barranca Herman Whitaker
  • The two little caravels, niña and Pinta, were decked only at stern and prow.

    American Men of Action Burton E. Stevenson
  • The cacique came on board the niña to visit Columbus, and a little while after, the Admiral went to his village in return.

British Dictionary definitions for niña


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


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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