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Anastasia

[an-uh-stey-zhuh, ah-nuh-stah-shuh; Russian uh-nuh-stah-syi-yuh] /ˌæn əˈsteɪ ʒə, ˌɑ nəˈstɑ ʃə; Russian ʌ nʌˈstɑ syɪ yə/
noun
1.
Nikolaievna Romanov
[Russian nyi-kuh-lah-yiv-nuh ruh-mah-nuh f] /Russian nyɪ kʌˈlɑ yɪv nə rʌˈmɑ nəf/ (Show IPA),
Grand Duchess, 1901–? daughter of Nicholas II: believed executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918 with other members of the Romanov family.
2.
a female given name.
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  • The same singers, with the addition of Anastasia Robinson, appeared in the season of 1721-22.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • We began talking about the late Duke of Matalone, and Anastasia left us.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Leonilda gave the marquis a full account of my talk with Anastasia.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • At supper it was Anastasia's turn, and she seemed to enjoy the situation.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • That was you; he meant you, Anastasia; he asked if it was you.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
British Dictionary definitions for Anastasia

Anastasia

/ˌænəˈstɑːzɪə; -ˈsteɪ-/
noun
1.
Grand Duchess. 1901–?18, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, believed to have been executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918, although several women subsequently claimed to be her
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Word Origin and History for Anastasia

fem. proper name, from fem. of Late Latin Anastasius, from Greek Anastasios, from anastasis "resurrection," literally "a standing or rising up," from ana "up; again" (see ana-) + histanai "to cause to stand, to stand up" from PIE root *sta- "stand" (see stet).

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