Da·​ko·​ta | \ də-ˈkō-tə How to pronounce Dakota (audio) \

Definition of Dakota

1 plural Dakota also Dakotas : a member of an Indigenous people of the northern Mississippi River valley

Note: The Dakota are divided into the Eastern Dakota, also known as Santee, and the Western Dakota, which include the Yankton and Yanktonai. Along with the Lakota people, the Eastern and Western Dakota form part of the Dakota people. In Canada, the Dakota are designated as a First Nation people.

2 : the Siouan language of the Dakota people

First Known Use of Dakota

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Dakota

borrowed from Dakota (Yankton-Yánktonai and Santee dialects) dakhóta, a self-designation

Note: The name dakʰóta, with the variants nakʰóta (used by the Assiniboine and Stoney [a Plains Indian people of Alberta]) and lakʰóta (used by the Lakota or Teton Sioux) has been taken to mean literally "friendly, feeling affection" or "united, allied"; see references in Handbook of North American Indians, vol. 13, part 2 (Washington, 2001), p. 750.

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“Dakota.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dakota. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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Da·​ko·​ta | \ də-ˈkō-tə How to pronounce Dakota (audio) \
plural Dakotas also Dakota

Kids Definition of Dakota

1 : a member of a tribe of indigenous people of the area that is now Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota
2 : the language of the Dakota people

Dakota geographical name

Da·​ko·​ta | \ də-ˈkō-tə How to pronounce Dakota (audio) \

Definition of Dakota

territory (1861–89) in the northwestern U.S. that was divided in 1889 into the states of North Dakota and South Dakota (the Da*ko*tas \ də-​ˈkō-​təz How to pronounce Dakota (audio) \ )

Other Words from Dakota

Dakotan \ də-​ˈkō-​tᵊn How to pronounce Dakota (audio) \ adjective or noun

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