noun, plural mi·nae [mahy-nee] /ˈmaɪ ni/, mi·nas.

an ancient unit of weight and value equal to the sixtieth part of a talent.

Origin of mina

1570–80; < Latin < Greek mnâ < Semitic; compare Hebrew māneh mina





or my·nah, mi·na, mi·nah



any of several Asian birds of the starling family Sturnidae, especially those of the genera Acridotheres and Gracula, certain species of which have the ability to mimic speech and are kept as pets.

Origin of myna

First recorded in 1760–70, myna is from the Hindi word mainā
Can be confusedminer minor myna
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Contemporary Examples of mina

Historical Examples of mina

  • Mina, (plural Minæ)—Four pounds, three shillings, four pence.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • But perhaps I could pay you a mina of silver: in that sum, then, I amerce myself.

  • Loss of money might be an evil, but then he has none to give; perhaps he can make up a mina.



  • There isn't anyone for me to talk to but Mina, and she's paid to work, not to listen.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett

  • For an instant Mina did not know what she would do; the fear and the attraction struggled.

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope

British Dictionary definitions for mina


noun plural -nae (-niː) or -nas

an ancient unit of weight and money, used in Asia Minor, equal to one sixtieth of a talent

Word Origin for mina

C16: via Latin from Greek mnā, of Semitic origin; related to Hebrew māneh mina
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Word Origin and History for mina

talking starling of India, see mynah.

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