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Meaning of YANKEE

Pronunciation:  'yangkee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an American
  2. [n]  an American who lives in New England
  3. [n]  an American who lives in the North (especially during the American Civil War)
  4. [adj]  used by southerners for an inhabitant of a northern state in the United States (especially a Union soldier)

YANKEE is a 6 letter word that starts with Y.


 Synonyms: New Englander, northern, Northerner, Yank, Yankee-Doodle
 See Also: American, Federal, Federal soldier, New England, North, Union soldier



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Yan"kee\, n. [Commonly considered to be a corrupt
    pronunciation of the word English, or of the French word
    Anglais, by the native Indians of America. According to
    Thierry, a corruption of Jankin, a diminutive of John, and a
    nickname given to the English colonists of Connecticut by the
    Dutch settlers of New York. Dr. W. Gordon (``Hist. of the
    Amer. War,'' ed, 1789, vol. i., pp. 324, 325) says it was a
    favorite cant word in Cambridge, Mass., as early as 1713, and
    that it meant excellent; as, a yankee good horse, yankee good
    cider, etc. Cf. Scot yankie a sharp, clever, and rather bold
    woman, and Prov. E. bow-yankees a kind of leggins worn by
    agricultural laborers.]
    A nickname for a native or citizen of New England, especially
    one descended from old New England stock; by extension, an
    inhabitant of the Northern States as distinguished from a
    Southerner; also, applied sometimes by foreigners to any
    inhabitant of the United States.
          From meanness first this Portsmouth Yankey rose, And
          still to meanness all his conduct flows. --Oppression,
                                                   A poem by an
  2. \Yan"kee\, a.
    Of or pertaining to a Yankee; characteristic of the Yankees.
          The alertness of the Yankee aspect.      --Hawthorne.
    {Yankee clover}. (Bot.) See {Japan clover}, under {Japan}.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of being called a Yankee in your dreams, foretells that your lover could be less than true. Calling someone else a Yankee in your dreams, foretells that your plans will go accordingly without a hitch. Seeing Yankees in your dream means happiness, possible gains and loyalty to your duty and promise.