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From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    was high priest A.D. 7-14. In A.D. 25 Caiaphas, who had married
    the daughter of Annas (John 18:13), was raised to that office,
    and probably Annas was now made president of the Sanhedrim, or
    deputy or coadjutor of the high priest, and thus was also called
    high priest along with Caiaphas (Luke 3:2). By the Mosaic law
    the high-priesthood was held for life (Num. 3:10); and although
    Annas had been deposed by the Roman procurator, the Jews may
    still have regarded him as legally the high priest. Our Lord was
    first brought before Annas, and after a brief questioning of him
    (John 18:19-23) was sent to Caiaphas, when some members of the
    Sanhedrim had met, and the first trial of Jesus took place
    (Matt. 26:57-68). This examination of our Lord before Annas is
    recorded only by John. Annas was president of the Sanhedrim
    before which Peter and John were brought (Acts 4:6).

From: Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's)

 Annas, one who answers; humble