Yankee

Definition of Yankee

Yan´kee
n.1.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 American (Boston, 1765).
a.1.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.

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