- a native or inhabitant of the United States.
- a native or inhabitant of New England.
- a native or inhabitant of a northern U.S. state, especially of one of the northeastern states that sided with the Union in the American Civil War.
- a federal or northern soldier in the American Civil War.
- a word used in communications to represent the letter Y.
- Military. the NATO name for a class of Soviet ballistic missile submarine, nuclear powered, with up to 16 missile launchers.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a Yankee or Yankees: Yankee ingenuity.
Origin of Yankee
Examples from the Web for yankee
Ditto Virginia, but in reverse; culturally, northern Virginia is Yankee land (but with gun shops).Dems, It’s Time to Dump Dixie
December 8, 2014
The flag that was unveiled at Yankee Stadium 19 days after 9/11 was a different, much larger one.Brad Meltzer's Passion For Reuniting America With Its Historic Objects
November 7, 2014
The major question for the Republican Party going forward is what all these Yankee newcomers will mean for its direction.Return of the Northeastern Republican
November 4, 2014
Jeter currently holds the Yankee record for stolen bases, and in 2009, he earned the hits record, as well.
So long to a winner, a superstar, a gentleman, and a Yankee.
That it was only a Yankee ship, any how, and that it is all "blarsted" nonsense to make a fuss about it.
They were all from Yankee land, in pursuit of fame and fortune.Cleveland Past and Present
You remember, when I wanted to shoot that Yankee off my horse?
Did you see that Yankee lieutenant with the big sabre-cut on his shoulder?
Well, your friend yonder gave him that--and got the Yankee's pistol-shot in his hand.
- often derogatory a native or inhabitant of the US; American
- a native or inhabitant of New England
- a native or inhabitant of the Northern US, esp a Northern soldier in the Civil War
- communications a code word for the letter y
- finance a bond issued in the US by a foreign borrower
- of, relating to, or characteristic of Yankees
Word Origin and History for yankee
1683, a name applied disparagingly by Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam (New York) to English colonists in neighboring Connecticut. It may be from Dutch Janke, literally "Little John," diminutive of common personal name Jan; or it may be from Jan Kes familiar form of "John Cornelius," or perhaps an alteration of Jan Kees, dialectal variant of Jan Kaas, literally "John Cheese," the generic nickname the Flemings used for Dutchmen.
[I]t is to be noted that it is common to name a droll fellow, regarded as typical of his country, after some favorite article of food, as E[nglish] Jack-pudding, G[erman] Hanswurst ("Jack Sausage"), F[rench] Jean Farine ("Jack Flour"). [Century Dictionary, 1902, entry for "macaroni"]
It originally seems to have been applied insultingly to the Dutch, especially freebooters, before they turned around and slapped it on the English. A less-likely theory is that it represents some southern New England Algonquian language mangling of English. In English a term of contempt (1750s) before its use as a general term for "native of New England" (1765); during the American Revolution it became a disparaging British word for all American native or inhabitants. Shortened form Yank in reference to "an American" first recorded 1778.
Originally a nickname for people from New England, now applied to anyone from the United States. Even before the American Revolutionary War, the term Yankee was used by the British to refer, derisively, to the American colonists. Since the Civil War, American southerners have called all northerners Yankees. Since World War I, the rest of the world has used the term to refer to all Americans.