What does yankee mean?

Definitions for yankee
ˈyæŋ kiyan·kee

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word yankee.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Yankee, Yank, Northerner(noun)

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

  2. New Englander, Yankee(noun)

    an American who lives in New England

  3. Yankee, Yank, Yankee-Doodle(adj)

    an American (especially to non-Americans)

  4. Yankee(adj)

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


  1. Yankee(Noun)

    A native or inhabitant of New England.

  2. Yankee(Noun)

    A native or inhabitant of the Northern USA.

  3. Yankee(Noun)

    A native or inhabitant of the USA.

  4. Yankee(Noun)

    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. Yankee(Noun)

    A player that plays for the New York Yankees.

  6. Yankee(Noun)

    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. Origin: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yankee(noun)

    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. Yankee(adj)

    of or pertaining to a Yankee; characteristic of the Yankees

  3. Origin: [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.

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.

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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. Kim Jong:

    After all, those of us living on the Korean peninsula suffer the consequences of your action, you Yankee!.

  3. Jonny Fine:

    It's a good sign for all yankee FIG borrowers, it shows there is a willingness for the US market to finance European TLAC.

  4. Bill Clinton:

    You're going to have to come together as a movement and say, 'Here's what we want done about it,' because you can get lip service from as many white people as you can pack into Yankee Stadium.

  5. 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.

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