yan·​qui ˈyäŋ-kē How to pronounce yanqui (audio)
often capitalized
: a citizen of the U.S. as distinguished from a Latin American

Examples of yanqui in a Sentence

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Word History


Spanish, from English yankee entry 1

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yanqui was in 1928

Dictionary Entries Near yanqui

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“Yanqui.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yanqui. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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