What is Yankee?

  • (adj): Used by southerners for an inhabitant of a northern state in the United States (especially a Union soldier).
    See also — Additional definitions below


The term Yankee (sometimes shortened to Yank) has several interrelated meanings, referring to people from the United States. Within the US it refers to people originating in the northeastern US, or still more narrowly New England, where application of the term is largely restricted to the descendants of colonial English settlers in the region. Outside the US it is used to refer to people from the US in general.

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Yankee - Contemporary Uses - In Other Parts of The World
... in Latin American countries and in East Asia, yankee or yanqui (the same word spelled according to Spanish orthography) is sometimes associated with anti-Americanism and used in. 1940 around the oil industry from petty yankee or petit yanqui, a derogatory term for those who profess an exaggerated and often ridiculous admiration for anything from the United States ... In the late 19th century, the Japanese were called "the Yankees of the East" in praise of their industriousness and drive to modernization ...
Team Yankee (video Game)
... Team Yankee is a video game adaptation of the 1987 Harold Coyle's World War III novel Team Yankee that was developed by Oxford Digital Enterprises for the Amiga, Atari ST and DOS systems ... Team Yankee is a mixture of real-time strategy and simulation game and uses a 3D environment and 2D sprites ... Team Yankee received mostly positive reviews in the top gaming magazines of the early 1990s ...
Brigantine Yankee
... The brigantine Yankee was a steel hulled schooner, originally constructed by Nordseewerke, Emden, Germany as the Emden, renamed Duhnen, 1919 ... As Yankee, it became famous as the ship that was used by Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson to circumnavigate the globe four times in eleven years ...

More definitions of "Yankee":

  • (noun): An American who lives in the North (especially during the American Civil War).
    Synonyms: Yank, Northerner

Famous quotes containing the word yankee:

    The other 1000 are principally the ‘old Yankee stock,’ who have lost the town, politically, to the Portuguese; who deplore the influx of the ‘off-Cape furriners’; and to whom a volume of genealogy is a piece of escape literature.
    —For the State of Massachusetts, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)

    I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy,
    A Yankee Doodle do or die;
    A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam’s,
    Born on the fourth of July.
    George M. Cohan (1878–1942)

    Yankee Doodle came to London, just to ride the ponies,
    I am a Yankee Doodle boy.
    George M. Cohan (1878–1942)