Yankee

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Yankee

  1. The letter Y in the ICAO spelling alphabet.

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First attested in 1683, as a name applied disparagingly by Dutch settlers in Nieuw Amsterdam (New York) to English colonists in neighboring Connecticut. It may be from Dutch Janke (Little John), the old diminutive form of the common personal name Jan, or it may be from Jan Kees, the familiar form of "Johan Cornelius", or a variant of Jan Kaas, literally "John Cheese", the generic nickname the Flemings used for Dutchmen. It originally seems to have been applied insultingly to Dutch, especially freebooters, before they turned around and applied it to the English. In English it was a term of contempt (1750s) before it came to be used as a general term for "a native of New England" (1765). The shortened form Yank was first recorded in reference to "an American" in 1778.

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Yankee (plural Yankees)

  1. A native or inhabitant of New England.
  2. A native or inhabitant of the Northern USA. (used in this sense especially by inhabitants of the Southern USA)
  3. A native or inhabitant of the USA. (used in this sense especially outside of the USA)
  4. (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.
  5. (baseball) A player that plays for the New York Yankees.
  6. 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.
    • 1980, New Scientist (volume 85, number 1199, 20 March 1980)
      Betting is complicated with win bets, place bets, each-way bets and complex bets such as doubles, trebles, Yankees and the like.

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Yankee (third-person singular simple present Yankees, present participle Yankeeing, simple past and past participle Yankeed)

  1. (dated, slang, US, Canada, sometimes offensive) to cheat, trick or swindle somebody; to misrepresent something

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Borrowing from English Yankee.

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Yankee m (genitive Yankee, plural Yankeeyn)

  1. Yankee