What does Yankee mean?

Definitions for Yankee
ˈyæŋ kiyan·kee

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Yankee.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Yankee, Yank, Northernernoun

    an American who lives in the North (especially during the American Civil War)

  2. New Englander, Yankeenoun

    an American who lives in New England

  3. Yankee, Yank, Yankee-Doodleadjective

    an American (especially to non-Americans)

  4. Yankeeadjective

    used by Southerners for an inhabitant of a northern state in the United States (especially a Union soldier)


  1. Yankeenoun

    A native or inhabitant of New England.

  2. Yankeenoun

    A native or inhabitant of the Northern USA.

  3. Yankeenoun

    A native or inhabitant of the USA.

  4. Yankeenoun

    A large triangular headsail used in light or moderate winds and set on the fore topmast stay. Unlike a genoa it does not fill the whole fore triangle, but is set in combination with the working staysail.

  5. Yankeenoun

    A player that plays for the New York Yankees.

  6. Yankeenoun

    A wager on four selections, consisting of 11 separate bets: six doubles, four trebles and a fourfold accumulator. A minimum two selections must win to gain a return.

  7. Etymology: First attested in 1683, as a name applied disparagingly by Dutch settlers in Nieuw Amsterdam (New York) to English colonists in neighboring Connecticut. It may be from Janke, the diminutive form of the common personal name Jan, or it may be from Jan Kees, the familiar form of "Johan Cornelius", or a variant of Jan Kaas, literally "John Cheese", the generic nickname the Flemings used for Dutchmen. It originally seems to have been applied insultingly to Dutch, especially freebooters, before they turned around and applied it to the English. In English it was a term of contempt (1750s) before it came to be used as a general term for "a native of New England" (1765). The shortened form Yank was first recorded in reference to "an American" in 1778.


  1. yankee

    A Yankee is a term that primarily refers to a citizen or inhabitant of the United States, more specifically the northeastern United States. It originally referred to those from New England during the American Revolutionary War, but its application has varied over time. It can also sometimes be used to refer to an American by people from other countries. Additionally, in the context of sports, it can refer to a player or supporter of the New York Yankees, a Major American League Baseball team.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yankeenoun

    a nickname for a native or citizen of New England, especially one descended from old New England stock; by extension, an inhabitant of the Northern States as distinguished from a Southerner; also, applied sometimes by foreigners to any inhabitant of the United States

  2. Yankeeadjective

    of or pertaining to a Yankee; characteristic of the Yankees

  3. Etymology: [Commonly considered to be a corrupt pronunciation of the word English, or of the French word Anglais, by the native Indians of America. According to Thierry, a corruption of Jankin, a diminutive of John, and a nickname given to the English colonists of Connecticut by the Dutch settlers of New York. Dr. W. Gordon (Hist. of the Amer. War, ed, 1789, vol. i., pp. 324, 325) says it was a favorite cant word in Cambridge, Mass., as early as 1713, and that it meant excellent; as, a yankee good horse, yankee good cider, etc. Cf. Scot yankie a sharp, clever, and rather bold woman, and Prov. E. bow-yankees a kind of leggins worn by agricultural laborers.]


  1. Yankee

    The term Yankee has several interrelated meanings, all referring to people from the United States. Outside the US it is used to refer to people from the US in general. The truncated form Yank is especially popular among Britons and Australians, and may sometimes be considered offensive or disapproving. The intense and ongoing sports rivalry between the eponymous New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox can also make the utterance of the "Yankee" term offensive to inhabitants of much of New England, especially to the most dedicated Red Sox fans living in the northeastern United States.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Yankee

    yang′kē, n. a citizen of the New England States in America: an inhabitant of the United States—also Yank (coll.).—ns. Yank′eedom, the country inhabited by Yankees: Yankees generally; Yank′ee-Doo′dle, a Yankee, from a popular air—also adj.adj. Yank′eefied.—n. Yank′eeism, Yankee characteristics. [Perh. a corr. of English, or of Fr. Anglais, by the North American Indians.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Yankee

    slang name for a New Englander; applied in England to the citizens of the United States generally; it is of uncertain derivation.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. yankee

    An appellation often erroneously given to North Americans in general, whereas it is strictly applicable to those of the New England states only; it is not used complimentarily in the back settlements.

Rap Dictionary

  1. yankeenoun

    A northeastern person. (Someone who lives above Virginia). "to y'all yankee niggas"--Nelly (Country Grammar)

  2. yankeenoun

    A dollar bill, in Philadelphia. "Don't ask me for no more yankees either you broke ass ni**a" -- Chico

Etymology and Origins

  1. Yankee

    A term popularly applied at first to one born in the New England states of North America owing to the fact that Yankees, Yangkies and similar perpetrations were the nearest approaches to the word “English,” which the Indians of Massachusetts were capable of. Afterwards it came to be applied to the people of the continent generally.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Yankee is ranked #31516 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Yankee surname appeared 734 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Yankee.

    95.1% or 698 total occurrences were White.
    1.2% or 9 total occurrences were Asian.
    1% or 8 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.9% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 6 total occurrences were Black.
    0.8% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Yankee in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Yankee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Yankee in a Sentence

  1. Morgan Stanley:

    Yield differentials and a weaker euro are likely to keep the reverse Yankee theme alive for longer.

  2. Little Rock:

    Civilization culminates in the power-press. It is the grand total of the difference between a boastful United Statian and a beastly Hottentot, —between Yankee Doodle and Timbucktoodle

  3. President Donald Trump:

    I'd like to see the Yankees play at Yankee Stadium, i think they'd be able to play at Yankee Stadium with obviously smaller crowds, and then the crowds would start to build as things get to be a little bit better.

  4. Alex Hayes-Griffin:

    Investors needed to see some performance in the reverse Yankee paper this week before they start buying again, but unlike late last year where the US paper underperformed on softer conditions, investors are now more open-minded about reverse Yankee issuance as it's a chance to pick up yield in a market where spreads on European companies are being heavily compressed.

  5. Starter Mike Fiers:

    Nobody is surprised to see Hendriks helping out. Everything he does is with a passion and care known well for his thoughtful work off the field as much as his intensity on it. Hendriks reliability in the ninth inning has earned him a solid reputation, too. But you wont hear Hendriks say it. He plans to earn the job again. I dont want to be complacent, he said. Going out there and making sure I put everything on the line every night is a big thing for me. The Oakland closer received a nice raise when he signed a $ 5.3 million, one-year contract last month to avoid salary arbitration. The 31-year-old Hendriks is approaching this season as if he has everything to prove once again. He plans to take the mound each opportunity he gets exhibiting the confidence that he can and will repeat what he did last season. The right-hander, a former opener for the As, went 4-4 with a 1.80 ERA and 25 saves over a career-high 75 appearances spanning 85 innings. I dont want to dwell too much on last year because I dont want to rest on my laurels. I dont want to go out there and be like, Oh, I had my good year, I can ride that wave as long as I can, Hendriks said. I want to go out there and prove that it wasnt a fluke. I want to go out there and prove that no matter what happened last year I still need to win the job this year. I dont want to be gifted anything. I dont want to be given anything, I want to go out there and make sure that in spring training I prove that I want this role, I want this job and Im going to run away with it and prove to everybody why I want it. Hendriks became a key piece for As manager Bob Melvin late in games last season as The Oakland earned the ALs top wild card before losing to Tampa Bay. Considering his topsy-turvy history, Melvin is hardly surprised by Hendriks focus. He got designated for assignment on June 25, 2018 and has been through that almost a half-dozen times now before starting The Oakland 7-2 wild-card loss at Yankee Stadium just more than three months later. You would expect that from somebody thats been through the trials and tribulations that hes been over his career, so I think it is more about him not relaxing at all, Melvin said. He wants to be pushed, he wants to earn everything that he gets. Hes come a long way. He had as dominant a year really as anybody in baseball. He has learned from other times when he thought things were going smoothly, saying, I dont like feeling like Ive got it in the bag because as soon as I do somethings always going to pop up, Hendriks said. I dealt with certain things very poorly in the past and my mindset to get over that was expect the worst and hope for the best, he said. Expect the worst and if something good happens youre able to handle it, rather than expecting things and if they didnt come to fruition, falling out a rabbit hole and being kind of self-deprecating and all that. Starter Mike Fiers appreciates Hendriks determination and focus to again show why he is fit to be the ninth-inning option. Everyone has their ups and downs, and thats similar to how I am. I dont want to just sit back and be like Listen, Ive got the job.

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