from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A grandmother.
  • n. A nanny.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Short form of banana, the fruit.
  • n. A fool.
  • n. A pet name for one's grandmother.
  • n. A nanny.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Grandmother.


Of baby-talk origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
An aphetic form of banana. (Wiktionary)
Variant spelling of nanna. (Wiktionary)


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  • (My own mother, for example - "nana" - comes to look after my kids twice a week: She would easily win a GAS case, I bet, if I divorced my wife and she tried maliciously to block nana's access.)

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  • I was tense on Friday night because my nana is returning from her month of respite this week, and I am dreading it, and when I tried talking to Llew about it, he wasn’t interested, didn’t want to know, and asked me what the hell my problem was because he couldn’t see the big deal.

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  • I aku keia, "He kamaaina no ko makou mea nana i alakai mai, oia hoi kela wahi kanaka nana i olelo mai ia oe no Kauakahialii."

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  • A lohe o Ihuanu i keia olelo a Aiwohikupua, i mai la oia, "He oi oe o ke kanaka nana i olelo hookano iho nei wau imua o keia aha a pau, owau no ka oi mamua o na kanaka a pau, a ke olelo mai nei hoi oe i ekolu aku ma keia aoao, a heaha la oe i mua o'u?"

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  • Ia manawa, olelo aku kahi kanaka nana i ike mua ia

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  • His nana was a true believer in taking a dogs food away if it growled, which is wrong, it made her anxious and protective.

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  • I prank called my nana today ... right in front of her!

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  • These are told as legend but, of course, as a reader we surmise the truth; things like how "nana" must be nanotech that provide longevity to the old-fathers.

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