Definition of nana in English:



  • One's grandmother.

    • ‘Long-gone is the nana of yesteryear, and with it the traditional image of grandmas at home, knitting over-sized cardigans and baking pies.’
    • ‘Ok, maybe nanna would let me stay on my own at the beach house?’
    • ‘My nana used to crush nasty pills up into a spoonful of jam.’
    • ‘My nanna and granddad are in their early 50s, and they don't wear old peoples' clothes.’
    • ‘My nana was still strong, even a few days before her death.’
    • ‘I grabbed the home phone - it was nanna - letting us know that she's going on a cruise with Alice, her cousin.’
    • ‘His parents always called his nana or papa when he became sick.’
    • ‘Daniel was my best friend, but I didn't love him like I did my nana.’
    • ‘And I forgot to say that one of my favourite, favourite exclamations is the one that I've only heard my nana, and latterly my mother, say.’
    • ‘My mum was really down after my nana died, so my aunty who lives in America decided to treat her to a holiday.’
    • ‘Dean said he would pick up nanna and grandpa tomorrow at the airport.’
    • ‘My nanna brought me and my sister up and she always taught us that what you achieve in life comes through hard work.’
    • ‘My nanna came in and helped at first when dad was in hospital.’
    • ‘Saying she draws her culinary inspiration from her mum and her nana, Lisa is responsible for bread, biscuits and chocolates at the hotel as well as designing all the sweet menus.’
    • ‘‘Okay, see you tomorrow, I love you,’ he hugs me then hugs my nana.’
    • ‘I slept over my nana's last night and brought everything.’
    • ‘My nana had seven primary cancers and they started I think in her early 50s and she survived to about 73.’
    • ‘‘I'd like to dedicate this to my nanna,’ he said after extending his career record to 21 wins.’
    • ‘She was doing fine living with her nana and grandpa.’
    • ‘I attended Catholic school with young Polish girls and my mother introduced me to the wonders of Greece while my nana stayed at home and prayed the rosary.’
    grandma, granny
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Mid 19th century: child's pronunciation of nanny or gran.