Yank·​to·​nai ˌyaŋk-tə-ˈnā How to pronounce Yanktonai (audio)
plural Yanktonai or Yanktonais
: a member of a Dakota people of the upper Midwestern United States

Word History


borrowed from Dakota ihą́ktʰųwąna, a Yanktonai self-designation, literally, "little village on the end," from ihą́ke "on the end" + tʰųwą́ "village" + -na, diminutive suffix

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Yanktonai was in 1863

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Cite this Entry

“Yanktonai.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Yanktonai. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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