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Nana \Na"na\, n. [prob. from babytalk.] Grandmother.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

child's word for "grandmother" or, sometimes, "nurse," first recorded c.1844 (see nanny).


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context informal English) Short form of banana, the fruit. 2 (context slang English) A fool. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context informal English) A pet name for one's grandmother. 2 A nanny.

Nana (manga)

is a Japanese Josei manga series written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa, serialized in Cookie published by Shueisha. The manga derives its title from the name of the two main characters, both of whom are called Nana. Nana Komatsu is a small town girl who goes to Tokyo to follow her boyfriend and college friends, with the hope of having her dream life. Nana Osaki was in a popular punk band in her home town. She goes to Tokyo with the goal of making it big as a singer. The two Nanas meet on the train ride to the city. Later, they run into each other again when they happen to check out the same apartment, and the girls decide to become roommates. The series chronicles their friendship and their lives as each chases her dreams.

The author of the manga is sick and is still recovering. It was reported in late April 2010 that she returned home from the hospital and she does not know if or when she will return to work.

Nana is being released in North America by Viz Media. It was serialized in the Shojo Beat until the August 2007 issue, and continues to be released in tankōbon volumes. The manga has also been adapted into a highly successful live-action film with a sequel released on December 9, 2006, and an anime adaptation that premiered on April 5, 2006. The anime adaptation has subsequently been announced as licensed for release in North America by Viz Media. Funimation got the broadcast rights to Viz Media's dub and it premiered on the Funimation Channel on September 19, 2009.

Nana (novel)

Nana is a novel by the French naturalist author Émile Zola. Completed in 1880, Nana is the ninth installment in the 20-volume Les Rougon-Macquart series.

Nana (echos)

Phthora nana ( Medieval Greek ) is one of the ten modes of the Hagiopolitan Octoechos consisting of 8 diatonic echoi and two additional phthorai. It is used in different traditions of Orthodox chant until today (→ Neobyzantine Octoechos). The name "nana" is taken from the syllables (written in ligatures "ʅʅ") sung during the intonation which precedes a melody composed in this mode. The name "phthora" derived from the verb and means "destroy" or "corrupt". It was usually referred to the diatonic genus of the eight mode system and as a sign used in Byzantine chant notation it indicated a "change to another genus" , in the particular case of phthora nana a change to the enharmonic genus. Today the "nana" intonation has become the standard name of the third authentic mode which is called "echos tritos" in Greek and "third glas" in Old Church Slavonic.

Nana (Greek mythology)

In Greek mythology, Nana was a daughter of the Phrygian river-god Sangarius, identified with the river Sakarya located in present-day Turkey.

She became pregnant when an almond from an almond tree fell on her lap. The almond tree had sprung from the spot where the hermaphroditic Agdistis was castrated, becoming Cybele, the Mother of the Gods.

Nana abandoned the baby boy, who was tended by a he-goat. The baby, Attis, grew up to become Cybele's consort and lover.


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Nana (rapper)

Nana Kwame Abrokwa (born on 5 October 1968) is a Ghanaian born German rapper and DJ, performing under the pseudonyms Nana or Darkman / Nana. Nana is not an actual first name, but a Ghanaian title of nobility. His most important achievement came in the second half of the 1990s, when his style was characterized as "euro-rap".

Nana (film)
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Nana (2005 film)

is a 2005 Japanese drama film directed by Kentarō Ōtani. A live action adaptation of the manga of the same name by Ai Yazawa, the film stars Mika Nakashima as the punk star Nana Osaki, and Aoi Miyazaki as Hachi (Nana Komatsu). The film was released on September 3, 2005.

The film was followed by a 2006 sequel, Nana 2, in which Nakashima reprised her role as the title character. Some of the original cast, including Miyazaki and Ryuhei Matsuda, did not reprise their roles in Nana 2.

Nana (1926 film)

Nana ( 1926) is Jean Renoir's second full-length silent film and is based on the novel by Émile Zola.

Nana (painting)

Nana is a painting by French painter Édouard Manet. It was completed in 1877 and was refused at the Salon of Paris the same year. The work is now at the Kunsthalle Hamburg art museum in Germany.

Nana (title)

Nana is a Ghanaian title.

Amongst the Akan clans of Ghana, the word Nana generally denotes social eminence derived from either nobility or advanced age. It is most often used as a pre-nominal honorific by individuals who are entitled to it due to the former of the two ( E.g. kings and chieftains such as Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, the reigning Asantehene of Asanteman ).

Nana (1944 film)

Nana is a 1944 Mexican film by Celestino Gorostiza and Roberto Gavaldón. The film is an adaptation of Émile Zola's novel Nana, and is the last film of the Mexican star Lupe Vélez.

Nana (deejay)

Nana (Nurul Hana) (born July 1, 1983) is the former student of Akademi Fantasia 1 in Malaysia. Even though she did not win, she became a successful Malaysiaian singer and actor. Nana was the 7th student to be voted out out of 12 students in the academy.

She used to write a column called 'Bicara Nana' which means Nana's Discussion in Harian Metro on Sundays. Nana appeared in a Soy Talk advertisement and as of 2012 she was the product's ambassador. She was a popular DJ at one of Malaysia's most popular radio stations, In 2004, she hosted an Era segment called 'Petang di Era'(Evening@Era) with Seelan Paul. She extended her contract with Era from 2005 to 2006, and hosted Pagi@Era with Adi and various segments including 'Carta Era'(Era Charts) with Aznil.

In November 2009, Nana shifted to another radio station, XFM.

Nana (chief)

Kas-tziden (“Broken Foot”) or Haškɛnadɨltla (“Angry, He is Agitated”), more widely known by his Mexican-Spanish appellation Nana (“grandma” or “lullaby”) (1800? – 1896), was a warrior and chief of the Chihenne band (better known as Warm Springs Apache) of the Chiricahua Apache. In the 1850s and 1860s he was one of the best known leaders of the Bedonkohe and Chihenne, along with Tudeevia (Dudeevia, better known as Delgadito - “Little Thin”, “Skinny”), Cuchillo Negro, Ponce and Loco (“crazy”, “mad”). He was a nephew of Delgadito, and married a sister of Geronimo.

Nana (given name)

Nana is a given name that has different origins in several countries across the world. Its use as a feminine or masculine name varies culturally. It is feminine in Japan, Korea, Georgia and Greece, masculine in Ethiopia and India, and epicene in Ghana. In Georgia, Nana is the fifth most popular given name for girls. In Ghana, among the Akan people, particularly the Akyem, Ashanti and Akuapim peoples, Nana is used as the title of a monarch to signify their status. Furthermore, the stool name of kings and queens is always preceded by Nana. Non-royal Ghanaian people also use Nana as a given name. In some cases, they may adopt the name Nana, if they have been named after a monarch. In Ghana, one can respectfully refer to a King or Queen as Nana without mentioning their full name.

Nana (Kushan goddess)

Nana (Kushan Greek: Νανα, Ναναια, Ναναϸαο, Sogdian nny) was a Kushan female divinity from ancient Bactria, a variation of pan-Asiatic Nana, a conflation of Sumero-Babylonian Inanna- Ishtar with a local divinity, in her Kushan form with either the indigenous (Zoroastrian) Harahvati Aredvi Sura Anahita. Such syncretism was common among the Kushan deities.

Nana is first attested by name on a coin of Sapadbizes, a 1st-century BCE king of Bactria who preceded the Kushans. In this singular case, Nana is depicted as a lion. Nana then reappears two centuries later on the coins and seals of the Kushan kings, in particular of the mid-2nd century CE Kanishka I. The Rabatak inscription of Kanishka I invokes her as well. Her characteristics are martial in these depictions, and she was typically depicted as a seated martial goddess, escorted by a lion. Whether she was also associated with fertility, wisdom and as a goddess of the waters (in particular of the Indus River, which was known as Harahuati in the Avesta, and of which Harahuati Ardevi Sura Anahita was the patron.

The Kushan territories encompassed the Iranian-language speaking regions of Sogdiana, Ferghana, Bactria, Arachosia, Gandhara, and Taxila, and the conquered Indian territory of Mathura. These provinces lie in Pakistan Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan. Depictions of Nana are known from Afghanistan as late as the 5-6th century CE. In Afghanistan and Pakistan the name appears as "Nawi", the Pashto word for bride.

Nana (1955 film)

Nana or Nanà is a French-Italian film by Christian-Jaque starring Charles Boyer. It is an adaptation of Émile Zola's novel Nana.

Nana (singer)

Im Jin-ah (born September 14, 1991), known by her stage name Nana, is a South Korean singer, actress and model. She is a member of girl group After School and its subgroup Orange Caramel''.

NaNa (band)

NaNa is a Japanese musical duo from Tokyo, Japan, consisting of Chikako Watanabe and Shigeo Tamaru. Their music draws on several influences including alternative rock, experimental rock, trip hop and downtempo.

Nana (album)

Nana is the debut album of the German rapper Nana, released on May 19, 1997. It was certified Gold by the German Bundesverband Musikindustrie and Swiss Hitparade. The album consists of eleven tracks and spawned four singles: "Darkman", "Let It Rain" (featuring Saskia Mireille Oldenstam), "He's Comin'" and "Lonely". The album's design was made by Katja Stier.

The album is dedicated to Nana's deceased mother Angela Adu-Adjei, who died of brain cancer.

Nana (surname)

Nana is a surname. Notable people with the surname include

  • Abrewa Nana (born 1980), Ghanaian singer, songwriter, dancer and former Idol series judge
  • Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida (born 1985), French-Cameroonian heptathlete
  • Daniel Nana Yeboah (born 1978), Ghanaian football player
  • Harding Nana (born 1981), Cameroonian basketball player
  • Karl Te Nana (born 1975), New Zealand rugby player
  • Kojo Nana Obiri-Yeboah, prominent Pentecostal pastor from Ghana active primarily in Uganda
  • Lek Nana (born c. 1936), Thai businessman and politician
  • Parbhu Nana (born 1933), East African cricketer
  • Prince Nana (born 1977), American professional wrestler of Ghanaian extraction
  • Prince Nana (footballer) (born 1981), Danish-Ghanaian football player
Nana (1985 film)

Naná is a 1985 Mexican musical, erotic and sexploitation film directed by Rafael Baledón. Based in the novel Nana, by Emile Zola, the film exposes an exemplary manner the principles of the naturalistic novel. Her protagonist is a beautiful young woman of humble origins who seeks, through the high prostitution, access to a well-off. Naná symbolizes the degradation of the Second Empire. The film is an adaptation of the same name Mexican stageplay produced and starred by the actress and singer Irma Serrano in the 1970s.

Nana (1934 film)
See also Nana (disambiguation)

Nana is a 1934 American Pre-Code film, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, released through United Artists, starring Anna Sten. and directed by Dorothy Arzner and George Fitzmaurice.

This version of Émile Zola's heroine was to be the vehicle for Sten's triumph as Samuel Goldwyn's trained, groomed and heavily promoted answer to Greta Garbo. Despite the big investment, the publicity help from William Randolph Hearst, and a record-breaking opening week at Radio City Music Hall, Sten was beautiful but disappointing.

Goldwyn's tutoring of Sten is mentioned in Cole Porter's 1934 song " Anything Goes" from the musical of the same name: "If Sam Goldwyn can with great conviction / Instruct Anna Sten in diction / Then Anna shows / Anything goes."

Usage examples of "nana".

It was as he discussed this very thing with his Minister, Dewan Sewlal, that Nana Sahib swirled up the gravelled drive to the bungalow on his golden-chestnut Arab, in his mind an inspiration gleaned from something that had been.

In his perplexity the Dewan asked Baptiste to formulate some excuse for getting Nana Sahib up to Chunda--some matter affecting the troops, so that he might casually get a sustaining suggestion from the wily Prince.

And he was in league with the Dewan to obtain for Nana Sahib a girl of my household, who is called the Gulab because she is as beautiful as the moon.

So now, at a hint from Nana Sahib, the Dewan seized upon Ajeet, voicing a righteous indignation at his crime of decoity, and gave him the alternative of being strangled with a bow-string or forcing the Gulab to go to the camp of Amir Khan to betray him.

Both Nana Sahib and the Dewan were pleased over what they deemed her sensible acquiescence in the scheme.

My grandchildren call me Nana, and Ana o Keke is the cave of the white virgins.

Great Khansamah Nana had a son, and it was to this son that Roshanara was betrothed.

De Lancey, he said that the Nana Sahib will be crowned as Peishwa of the Mahrattas and that .

And then just as a bleating, mottled white-and-black goat was led by a thong to the pipal, Nana Sahib came swirling down the road in a brake drawn by a spanking pair of bay Arabs with black points.

That night, she and Nana made penne with gorgonzola cheese, broccoli rabe, and sock-it-to-me cake.

Since Nana had left, Rache was the sole remaining house servant in the formerly bustling household.

Nana Mae said, and Sarah shook her head, watching Nana Mae catch the bloody, runny mess in a sack.

You even liked Nana to say that this was just the mantelpiece over here, and that the Neverland was all make-believe.

Of course the Neverland had been make-believe in those days, but it was real now, and there were no night-lights, and it was getting darker every moment, and where was Nana?

Dandhu Panth, the adopted son of the Peshwa, had come back from Oxford, and the English believed he had been changed into an Englishman, Nana Sahib.