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[duh-koh-tuh] /dəˈkoʊ tə/
a former territory in the United States: divided into the states of North Dakota and South Dakota in 1889.
the Dakotas, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Also called Sioux. a member of the largest tribe of the Siouan stock of North American Indians, who originally occupied Minnesota and Wisconsin and later migrated westward to the Great Plains.
Santee (defs 3, 4).
a Siouan language spoken by the Dakota and Assiniboin Indians.
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Dakotan, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • One day at Chapel, neither the Abbot nor the dakotan appeared.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • The dakotan came in barefooted with two large bundles of copy.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • The dakotan sat down on the floor before the fire and was still as a spirit.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • Recently the dakotan told me of a dream, and I asked him to write it.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • And that is what I thought of, when the dakotan said that the Lake was listening.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • There isn't any one loves America more than the dakotan, whom we now call Steve.

    The Hive

    Will Levington Comfort
  • However, the average of these dakotan specimens, all characters considered, is nearer to my concept of longicauda.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • The burial customs of all the dakotan tribes would appear to have been fluctuating, inclining to aerial sepulture.

  • The belief in the plurality of souls appears to have been widespread among dakotan tribes.

  • Missionaries, travelers, and linguists have given us a great store of the myths of the dakotan stock.

British Dictionary definitions for dakotan


of or relating to Dakota or its inhabitants
a native or inhabitant of Dakota


a former territory of the US: divided into the states of North Dakota and South Dakota in 1889
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Word Origin and History for dakotan


1809, name of a group of native peoples from the Plains states speaking a Siouan language, from Dakota dakhota "friendly" (the name often is translated as "allies"). Recorded by Lewis and Clark (1804) as Dar co tar; in western dialects of the Teton subgroup, Lakota, Lakhota; in Assiniboine dialect, Nakota, Nakhota.

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