Main meanings of Dakota in English

: Dakota1Dakota2


Pronunciation /dəˈkəʊtə/

proper noun

  • A former territory of the US, organized in 1889 into the states of North Dakota and South Dakota.

Main meanings of Dakota in English

: Dakota1Dakota2


Pronunciation /dəˈkəʊtə/

nounplural noun Dakota, plural noun Dakotas

  • 1A member of a North American people of the northern Mississippi valley and the surrounding plains.

    ‘Moreover, they succeeded in the case of the Nez Perces and Dakotas because tribal members took control of the missions in ways that met their cultural needs and assuaged their spiritual hunger.’
    • ‘In common with other plains peoples, the Dakota were nomadic buffalo hunters, who gathered in tribes during the summer, and dispersed into family groups during the winter.’
    • ‘Lame Deer, for example, made clear that adopting the role of the berdache among the Teton Dakota was not always an exercise in free choice.’
    • ‘The period from 1850 to 1889 encompasses a summary of the Sioux Wars and the subjugation of Lakota and Dakota on reservations.’
    • ‘Further aggravating Minnesotans' dim view of the administration was the army's transportation of more than 100 contrabands to St. Paul, ostensibly to support the military expedition against the Dakota.’
  • 2mass noun The Siouan language of the Dakota, spoken by about 15,000 people.

    Also called Sioux

    ‘He encourages others to learn Native languages saying, ‘Raising a generation of fluent speakers is the start of ensuring that our people will speak Dakota in the future.’’
    • ‘He also translated Pilgrim's Progress into Dakota.’


  • Relating to the Dakota or their language.

    ‘An oblate there said I should have been called Ti-kdi-sni, which in the Dakota language means ‘Never Stays Home.’’
    • ‘Pasche is from the Dakota Tipi First Nation in Manitoba.’
    • ‘It spread west into Dakota territory, however, where other Sioux deplored gold seekers crossing their territory to mines in western Montana.’
    • ‘Tribal leaders of North Dakota's Sioux - a name used to refer to Lakota, Nakota and Dakota tribes - have asked the school to drop the name.’
    • ‘Though Robertson refers to the Yanktons and Santees throughout the book as Lakotas, they are, in fact, Dakota people.’
    • ‘This made them enemies of the British and allies of the French, who furnished them with guns, which they used to drive the more celebrated Dakota tribe on to the Great Plains.’
    • ‘On the northern Plains are found the Crow, Hidatsa, and Dakota (also known as Sioux) languages.’


The name in Dakota, literally ‘allies’.