Dakota

[duh-koh-tuh]
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noun

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.
a Siouan language spoken by the Dakota and Assiniboin Indians.

Related formsDa·ko·tan, adjective, noun
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Dakota

noun

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 dakota

Dakota

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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