Main definitions of anna in US English:

: anna1anna2

anna1

noun

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

    • ‘When Dixit said it cost 10 annas (equal to around Rs.100 now), the customer fled.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The grand opening ceremony cost a princely sum of Rs 269 and 8 annas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were days when I had only an anna in my pocket and nothing to eat!’
    • ‘In Abids Taj they used to get a dosa for twenty-five paise and a movie ticket in Dreamland used to cost 10 annas.’
    • ‘There were around 200 cars in town and petrol then was just four annas per galloon.’
    • ‘The electricity rates payable by householders was two and a half annas per unit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though there were more half-paisas than whole paisas, Bhikhu's daily takings were between five and six annas, and sometimes almost eight annas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the early 20th century Bangalore, meals came at two annas in a hotel.’
    • ‘The reward for killing rats was increased from six annas to 12 annas a dozen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

From Hindi ānā.

Pronunciation

anna

/ˈänə//ˈɑnə/

Main definitions of anna in US English:

: anna1anna2

anna2

(also annan)

noun

South Asian
  • An elder brother (often used as a respectful title or form of address)

    ‘I'm so happy to see my anna after eight years and to see him getting married’
    ‘I got to act with Ajith anna’

Origin

From Tamil aṇṇaṉ (also in honorific plural form aṇṇā) ‘elder brother’.

Pronunciation

anna

/ˈänə//ˈɑnə/