(adjective) used by Southerners for an inhabitant of a northern state in the United States (especially a Union soldier)
Yankee, Yank, Yankee-Doodle
(noun) an American (especially to non-Americans)
Yankee, Yank, Northerner
(noun) an American who lives in the North (especially during the American Civil War)
Source: WordNet® 3.1
yankee (plural yankees)
(nautical) A headsail resembling a genoa or a jib but with a high-cut clew, normally used together with a staysail. A sailing boat is typically equipped with three yankee sails of different sizes, number one being the largest.
Yankee (plural Yankees)
(chiefly outside USA) A native or inhabitant of the United States.
(chiefly Southern USA) A native or inhabitant of the Northern United States.
(chiefly Northern USA) A native or inhabitant of New England.
(chiefly Southern Louisiana) An Anglo, as opposed to someone with French ancestry; a native or inhabitant of the rest of the United States.
(nautical) A large triangular headsail used in light or moderate winds and set on the fore topmast stay. Unlike a genoa it does not fill the whole fore triangle, but is set in combination with the working staysail.
(baseball) A player that plays for the New York Yankees.
A wager on four selections, consisting of 11 separate bets: six doubles, four trebles and a fourfold accumulator. A minimum two selections must win to gain a return.
Yankee (third-person singular simple present Yankees, present participle Yankeeing, simple past and past participle Yankeed)
(dated, slang, US, Canada, sometimes offensive) to cheat, trick or swindle somebody; to misrepresent something
Yan"kee, n. Etym: [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.]
Definition: A nickname for a native of 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
From meanness first this Portsmouth Yankey rose, And still to
meanness all his conduct flows. Oppression, A poem by an American
Definition: 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.
Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition