Definitions

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

  • n. Mythology The Mesopotamian god of the full moon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A goddess, the wife of Balder.
  • proper n. The god of the moon in Sumerian mythology.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The wife of Balder.
  • n. The god of the moon; counterpart of the Akkadian Sin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the mother of your father or mother
  • n. god of the Moon; counterpart of the Akkadian Sin
  • n. (Norse mythology) wife of Balder

Etymologies

Sumerian nannar; see nwr in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Of uncertain origin, possibly from Proto-Germanic *nanþ- (“brave,daring”); or from an Old Norse baby talk word for "mother". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On the smooth greensward, which they called Nanna's carpet, beneath the shade of ash-trees and elms, he who played Old

    The Story of Siegfried

  • Lillian calls her Nanna Weenie and we talk about her and look at photos.

    2010 June « Mad Dave and Lil

  • She was sitting in the same chair beside the cradle in which she had sat in the morning, for she had called Nanna to move the box at a time when the child had been taken out for its second airing.

    Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)

  • The wearer of the coat, who was the young man who had carried the knapsack and had called Nanna his little naiad, a term which he supposed she did not understand, cast himself upon the grass near the trunk of the tree.

    The Home in the Valley

  • So it isn't clear why he walked into their bedroom a few weeks later, flipped on the lights and shot his grandfather -- whom he grew up calling "Pop-pop" -- through the mouth and his grandmother ( "Nanna") through the back of the head.

    Pardoning Pittman

  • "Nanna" is the daughter of Gewar, and Balder sees her bathing and falls in love with her, as madly as Frey with Gertha in Skirnismal.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

  • "Daddy, we tried to call Nanna on the car phone, but we got some man named 'Putin'.

    grouse Diary Entry

  • Fact is, a few cheeky nicknames aside, '' Nanna '' Nixon - aka '' Mrs Doubtfire '' - was not a victim of gender bias, more likely a beneficiary of it.

    The Age News Headlines

  • Fans from all over the world have fallen in love with these stories and wait patiently as wonderful people such as Nanna and the Eskimo Kiss Project girls subtitle these clips and upload them for all of us to see.

    AfterElton.com - Because visibility matters

  • Savona also includes several family recipes from Malta, such as Nanna's rice salad, which I'm anxious to try.

    BellaOnline - The Voice of Women

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