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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: Perhaps from Dutch Jantje 'Johnny', used as a word for Dutch people who came to America in the 18th century

Yankee

noun
     
Yan‧kee [countable] informal
1 a soldier who fought on the side of the Union (=the northern states) during the American Civil War
2 American EnglishSA someone born in or living in the northern states of the US - sometimes used in an insulting way by people from the southern US
3 British English an American - often used to show disapproval [= Yank]
4 American English someone from New England

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