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Meaning of "befana" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF BEFANA

befana  [bəˈfɑːnə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BEFANA

noun
adjective
verb
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pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Befana is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES BEFANA MEAN IN ENGLISH?

befana

Befana

In Italian folklore, Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve in a similar way to St Nicholas or Santa Claus. But children get both gifts from Father Christmas and the Befana. A popular belief is that her name derives from the Feast of Epiphany or in Italian, "La Festa dell'Epifania". Epiphania is a Latin word with Greek origins. Epiphany means either the Feast of the Epiphany or “manifestation." There is evidence to suggest that Befana is descended from the Sabine/Roman goddess named Strina. In the book Vestiges of Ancient Manners and Customs, Discoverable in Modern Italy and Sicily by Rev. John J. Blunt, the author says: "This Befana appears to be heir at law of a certain heathen goddess called Strenia, who presided over the new-year's gifts, 'Strenae,' from which, indeed, she derived her name. Her presents were of the same description as those of the Befana—figs, dates, and honey. Moreover her solemnities were vigorously opposed by the early Christians on account of their noisy, riotous, and licentious character".

Definition of befana in the English dictionary

The definition of befana in the dictionary is in Italian folklore, an ugly good fairy who brings gifts to good children on Epiphany eve.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH BEFANA


Africana
ˌæfrɪˈkɑːnə
Americana
əˌmɛrɪˈkɑːnə
banana
bəˈnɑːnə
Botswana
bʊˈtʃwɑːnə
cabana
kəˈbɑːnə
garner
ˈɡɑːnə
Ghana
ˈɡɑːnə
Haryana
hərˈjɑːnə
Juliana
ˌdʒʊlɪˈɑːnə
kana
ˈkɑːnə
lana
ˈlɑːnə
Ljubljana
luːˈbljɑːnə
Ludhiana
ˌlʊdɪˈɑːnə
mana
ˈmɑːnə
marihuana
ˌmærɪˈhwɑːnə
marijuana
ˌmærɪˈhwɑːnə
nana
ˈnɑːnə
nirvana
nɪəˈvɑːnə
tana
ˈtɑːnə
Tijuana
tiːˈwɑːnə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BEFANA

befall
befallen
befell
befinger
befinned
befit
befitted
befitting
befittingly
beflag
beflea
befleck
beflower
beflum
befoam
befog
befogged
befogging
befool
before

WORDS THAT END LIKE BEFANA

Adana
ana
Astana
Bafana Bafana
bandana
campana
Cana
Dana
Diana
French Guiana
Guiana
Guyana
Habana
Havana
Indiana
katana
Louisiana
Montana
rana
Toscana

Synonyms and antonyms of befana in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «befana» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BEFANA

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Translator English - Chinese

befana
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

befana
570 millions of speakers

English

befana
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

Befana
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

befana
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

Бефана
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

Befana
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

; এদেশে
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

befana
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Befana
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Befana
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

befana
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

befana
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Befana
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

Befana
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

Befana
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

बीफाना
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

befana
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

befana
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Befana
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

Бефана
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

Befana
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

Befana
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

befana
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

befana
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

Befana
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of befana

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BEFANA»

The term «befana» is regularly used and occupies the 62.515 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BEFANA» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about befana

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BEFANA»

Discover the use of befana in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to befana and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
The Legend of Old Befana: An Italian Christmas Story
This is a delightful reading of the favorite Italian Christmas story about an eccentric old woman and her never-ending search for the Baby King.
‎1980
2
The 12 Nights of the Befana
This is the story of a long journey whose aim was to find a way to restore an imagination to all those children who watch too much television.
Stefano Cavallini, Patrizia Ascione, 2012
3
The Befana Drama
shouted the Befana so loudly that the chandelier began to shake. “He is breaking every law ever decreed in the world of Very Important Present Bringers and has infiltrated my patch. He's turning children against me, even onmy homesoil of ...
Gianna Hartwright, 2013
4
Italian Witchcraft: The Old Religion of Southern Europe
On January 6th, children set out stockings to be filled with presents by Befana, a curious tradition to have survived in a Catholic Christian nation. Curious, unless you realize that the Old Religion never totally disappeared in Italy. The antiquity ...
Raven Grimassi, 2000
5
The Legend of Befana
Because she could not find the newborn King of the Jews, an old woman gives instead the presents she had intended for Him to the children of Italy.
Henry Chafetz, 1958
6
La Befana: An Italian Night After Christmas
La Befana is an old woman who hears of the birth of Christ from several visitors who knock on her door late at night looking for supplies and directions to the new "child king".
Sunday Frey-Blanchard, 2007
7
The Story of Befana: An Italian Christmas Tale
Retells the traditional tale of the poor peasant woman who set out to find the Christ Child and wanders to this day, carrying a sack of gifts for good children.
‎1981
8
Madame B. Wishful Presents La Befana's Yuletide Tale
Instead, they got lost and ended up at Castle de Spaghetti, the home of La Befana. Find out how La Befana became Italy's Santa Claus by reading this enchanting tale.
‎2007
9
The Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany
I stood in the piazza del Puomo, to see the great procession, and by and by the blaze of torchlight, and the clattering of horses' feet, and the shouts of the people issuing lrmn the via dei Banchi, announced the approach of the Befana. Befana is ...
10
Pale Shadows: An Autobiographical Novel
Befana opened her eyes. “By my right as daughter of Athena and Maiden of The Sacred Hunt, I do claim this place consecrated in The Great Pantheon's name.” Befana considered the genuflect man before her. “Milord, you have my leave to ...
Angyl Nihthasu, 2008

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BEFANA»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term befana is used in the context of the following news items.
1
La Befana: An Italian tradition
6, children are visited by La Befana, an old woman from Italian folklore who ... Another important part in the tradition of La Befana is the Torta di ... «The Ridgefield Press, Feb 15»
2
Italian cities celebrate La Befana
In Italy the festival is also known as La Befana after the legendary old woman who delivers gifts on her broomstick. She is said to visit children ... «Gazzetta del Sud english, Jan 15»
3
Caramelle e Gran Pampel: la Befana in Grotta Gigante
La Befana in versione sport estremo, coadiuvata per l'occasione da Babbo Natale e scortata persino dai Re Magi. Non è il copione di una ... «Il Piccolo, Jan 15»
4
Epiphany 2015: How The World Celebrates Three Kings Day …
In Italy, the day is known as La Befana, and it is a public holiday, with schools and most businesses being closed, although many stores are ... «International Business Times, Jan 15»
5
Slideshow: Christians Around the World Celebrate Epiphany
A man dressed as "Befana,” an imaginary old woman who is thought to bring gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve, rides a bike in ... «Wall Street Journal, Jan 15»
6
Santa Claus Is A Little Old Lady Who Flies On A Broom? Yes, In Italy.
The Befana legend inserts a pitstop in which the wise men asked directions from an old woman—la Befana—who was sweeping. She was ... «WBUR, Jan 15»
7
Cosa mettere nella calza della Befana (light)
Cosa mettere nella calza della Befana, allora, se si è a dieta o se si vogliono gustare dolci golosi, ma (più) leggeri e salutari? Lo abbiamo ... «marieclaire.it, Jan 15»
8
Ma la Befana... chi è e da dove viene? La storia segreta di una …
La Befana è una figura della tradizione italiana particolarmente amata e le sue origini sono molto antiche. Secondo il folclore è una donna molto anziana che ... «Caffeina Magazine, Jan 15»
9
Tutto su 'Expo Sport Open Day – Una Befana da record' promossa …
'Expo Sport Open Day – Una Befana da record', promossa dal CONI Event Point e inserita nel programma “Biancoinverno 2014-2015” a cura ... «MilanoSportiva, Jan 15»
10
I dolcetti da fare in casa
È tempo di festeggiare, piuttosto, l'arrivo della Befana, cucinando come una volta dolcetti alle mandorle o all'arancia per i vostri bimbi. Tra tutti i ... «Corriere della Sera, Jan 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Befana [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/befana>. Aug 2019 ».
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