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The term Yankee has a variety of meanings. Residents of the United States use it to refer to the baseball team, a resident of New England, or more often, a resident of the northern United States. International speakers often use it to refer to any American.

The etymology is uncertain; one suggestion is that it derives from Dutch Janke, diminutive of Jan (John), or Jan Kees, for "John Cheese," a nickname for English settlers bestowed by the Dutch in the early days of New York City. See also yankee ingenuity

Yankee has several other meanings:

See also the song Yankee Doodle, and film Yankee Doodle Dandy.