Definition of anna in English:



  • A former monetary unit of India and Pakistan, equal to one sixteenth of a rupee.

    • ‘The electricity rates payable by householders was two and a half annas per unit.’
    • ‘The general issues of the East India Company of the denominations of half anna, one anna, two annas and four annas have been put up on display.’
    • ‘Every day my cousins and I would make several trips to distant Virar, then located outside Mumbai, where we would buy rice for 1 rupee and 14 annas per pound.’
    • ‘When Dixit said it cost 10 annas (equal to around Rs.100 now), the customer fled.’
    • ‘The grand opening ceremony cost a princely sum of Rs 269 and 8 annas.’
    • ‘The 4-page broadsheet then known as Free Press Journal available at half an anna (three paise) was almost must-reading for true patriots in Bombay.’
    • ‘Living in the city, painting billboards, sometimes working overnight to complete deadlines, and being paid a few annas per square foot, Husain learned to paint swiftly and with bold, sure strokes.’
    • ‘In the early 20th century Bangalore, meals came at two annas in a hotel.’
    • ‘My friends and me would buy ‘pakodas’ for an anna and then in the evening slip into Modern School through the back gate to pluck mangoes.’
    • ‘During the first year, he had to travel 8 miles a day, and was paid two annas, for helping workers, carrying, sand, bricks, small granite stones and watering buildings, recalls Sivaprakasam.’
    • ‘The British pound with 100 pence, had until recently 20 shillings and each shilling had 12 pence, like our pre-1957 rupee with 16 annas and each anna divided into four paisa.’
    • ‘There were around 200 cars in town and petrol then was just four annas per galloon.’
    • ‘In Abids Taj they used to get a dosa for twenty-five paise and a movie ticket in Dreamland used to cost 10 annas.’
    • ‘The reward for killing rats was increased from six annas to 12 annas a dozen.’
    • ‘There were days when I had only an anna in my pocket and nothing to eat!’
    • ‘The sale which gave him immense pride was the very first stamp released in India - ‘Scinde Dawk’, a half anna denomination, in Sind province in 1852, which fetched Rs.2 lakhs!’
    • ‘Though there were more half-paisas than whole paisas, Bhikhu's daily takings were between five and six annas, and sometimes almost eight annas.’


From Hindi ānā.