La·​ko·​ta lə-ˈkō-tə How to pronounce Lakota (audio)
plural Lakota also Lakotas
: a member of a western division of the Dakota peoples
: a dialect of Dakota

Examples of Lakota in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Artworks wink at one another from across decades and continents, like the geometric Lakota beadwork painting by Dyani White Hawk from 2022 hanging amid constructivist compositions by László Moholy-Nagy and Nadia Léger originally made a century earlier. Kriston Capps, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2024 Luka Gilbert, a 6-7, 225-pound soon-to-be senior of West Chester, Ohio, Lakota High, pledged his allegiance to the Hurricanes Monday night. Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald, 9 Apr. 2024 Washburn, the superintendent and the president of the Lakota Local School Board, Julie Shaffer, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment on Sunday. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 7 Apr. 2024 Both members of the family who appear on franchise shows draw on their Lakota heritage to create their Indigenous characters, with the uncle's being, simply, Mo Brings Plenty. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 6 Apr. 2024 Teacher declined to tell the Lakota school board her whereabouts on sick days Until termination proceedings begin on April 22, the board decided on Thursday to suspend the teacher without pay, the school board said in the resolution. Jonathan Limehouse, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2024 The Lakota West High School English teacher is accused of falsifying sick leave on Feb. 8 and 9 to attend a concert in Nashville, according to an April 3 Lakota Local School District Board of Education resolution approving her suspension. Lauren Liebhaber, Kansas City Star, 5 Apr. 2024 The 27-year-old missing Lakota actor also appeared on shows Into the Wild Frontier and The Tall Tales of Jim Bridger. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 5 Apr. 2024 Weston sent Hoover slides to use at Brown chronicling the Lakota’s treaties with the U.S. government and Standing Rock’s history of resistance. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Lakota lakʰóta, a self-designation

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Lakota was in 1918

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“Lakota.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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