Meaning of Yankee

Yan•kee

Pronunciation: (yang'kē), [key]
— n.
  1. a native or inhabitant of the United States.
  2. a native or inhabitant of New England.
  3. a native or inhabitant of a northern U.S. state, esp. of one of the northeastern states that sided with the Union in the American Civil War.
  4. a federal or northern soldier in the American Civil War.
  5. a word used in communications to represent the letter Y.
  6. the NATO name for a class of Soviet ballistic missile submarine, nuclear powered, with up to 16 missile launchers.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a Yankee or Yankees: Yankee ingenuity.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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