1. Us a person born or living in New England
a. a person born or living in a Northern State; Northerner
b. a Union soldier in the Civil War
3. Us a person born or living in the U.S.
4. of, like, or characteristic of the Yankees
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Word origin of 'Yankee'< ? Du Jan Kees (taken as pl.) < Jan, John + Kees, dial. form of kaas, cheese; orig. (Jan Kaas) used as disparaging nickname for a Hollander, later for Dutch freebooter; applied
by colonial Dutch in New York to English settlers in Connecticut