Definition of Yankee noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈjæŋki//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈjæŋki//
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  1. 1(North American English) a person who comes from or lives in any of the northern states of the US, especially New England
  2. 2a soldier who fought for the Union (= the northern states) in the American Civil War
  3. 3(British English, informal) = Yank
  4. Word Originmid 18th cent.: origin uncertain; recorded in the late 17th cent. as a nickname; perhaps from Dutch Janke, diminutive of Jan ‘John’.
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