(italics) a song with a melody of apparent British origin, popular with American troops during the Revolutionary War.
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How to use Yankee Doodle in a sentence
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The final chorus was sung to "Yankee Doodle," and accompanied by a fiddle.Mystic London: | Charles Maurice Davies
She returned to her native land with an English troupe, and made Yankee Doodle go wild.
A shanghi ruseter cums out, with epaulets on, and crows Yankee Doodle—musik bi the band.Josh Billings, Hiz Sayings | Henry Wheeler Shaw
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British Dictionary definitions for Yankee Doodle
an American song, popularly regarded as a characteristically national melody
another name for Yankee
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Cultural definitions for “Yankee Doodle”
A popular American song, dating from the eighteenth century. The early settlers of New York were Dutch, and the Dutch name for Johnny is Janke, pronounced “Yankee.” This is the most likely origin of the term Yankee. Doodle meant “simpleton” in seventeenth-century English. First sung during the American Revolutionary War by the British troops to poke fun at the strange ways of the Americans (Yankees), the song was soon adopted by American troops themselves. Since then, the song has been considered an expression of American patriotism. The popular version of the first stanza is:
Yankee Doodle came to town
Riding on a pony;
He stuck a feather in his hat
And called it macaroni.
Yankee Doodle, keep it up,
Yankee Doodle dandy;
Mind the music and the step,
And with the girls be handy.
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