Definition of Yankton in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈyaNGktən/

noun (plural same or Yanktons)

1A member of an American Indian people of the Great Plains of North and South Dakota.
Example sentences
  • Though Robertson refers to the Yanktons and Santees throughout the book as Lakotas, they are, in fact, Dakota people.
  • Like the Yankton / Yanktonai Sioux, the Santee grudgingly accepted ‘concentration’ in 1858.
2The Siouan language of the Yankton.


Relating to the Yankton or their language.
Example sentences
  • ‘Isn't Yankton that settlement they just built, after that treaty with the Yankton Sioux? ‘asked Adam.’
  • The ‘reformers ‘- notably John Collier, founder of the American Indian Defense Association, and Gertrude Bonnin, a Yankton Dakota - sought to preserve Native American resources, crafts, culture, land, and spirituality.’


From Sioux ihãkthũwã, literally 'those dwelling at the end'.

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