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A collection of items relating to a specified person or place: Americana.
[New Latin -āna, from Latin, neuter pl. of -ānus, adj. and n. suff.; see -an1.]
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suffix forming nouns
denoting a collection of objects or information relating to a particular individual, subject, or place: Shakespeareana; Victoriana; Americana.
[New Latin, from Latin -āna, literally: matters relating to, neuter plural of -ānus; see -an]
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an•a(ˈæn ə, ˈɑ nə)
1. a collection of miscellaneous information about a subject, person, place, or thing.
2. an item in such a collection, as an anecdote.
[1720–30; independent use of -ana]
a prefix occurring orig. in verbs and verbal derivatives borrowed from Greek, usu. denoting upward or backward motion ( anadromous), completion ( analysis; anatomy), or repetition (anamorphosis).Also, before a vowel, an-.
[< Greek, comb. form of aná]
a suffix that forms collective nouns denoting an assembly of items representative of or associated with the place, person, or period named by the stem: Americana; Shakespeareana; Victoriana.
[< Latin, neuter pl. of -ānus -an1]
1. American Newspaper Association.
2. American Nurses Association.
3. Association of National Advertisers.
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