- a former territory in the United States: divided into the states of North Dakota and South Dakota in 1889.
- North Dakota or South Dakota.
- 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.
Examples from the Web for dakotan
One day at Chapel, neither the Abbot nor the Dakotan appeared.
The Dakotan came in barefooted with two large bundles of copy.
The Dakotan sat down on the floor before the fire and was still as a spirit.
Recently the Dakotan told me of a dream, and I asked him to write it.
And that is what I thought of, when the Dakotan said that the Lake was listening.
- 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
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.