Definition of Lakota in English:



  • 1A member of a North American people of western South Dakota (also called Teton Sioux).

    • ‘However, on August 14 at Pryor's Creek, hundreds of Lakotas attacked Baker's camp.’
    • ‘The author tells of her grant to visit New Zealand and of the similarities she discerns between the Maoris, Lakotas, and Africans, but we question where all of this is going.’
    • ‘Other Cree bands likely avoided capture because, just as the Lakotas had done in previous years, they remained camped just north of the border, crossing only in small parties in order to trade or hunt.’
    • ‘His is neither a biography of Custer nor an examination of wrongs inflicted upon the Northern Cheyennes and the Lakotas.’
    • ‘‘Mad Bear’ Harney deeply humiliated the Lakotas and convinced the Oglalas and Brules that the time had come to withdraw from the Platte.’
    • ‘There is a vast library of historical and cultural works about the Lakotas, many of which focus on the Ghost Dance and Wounded Knee.’
    • ‘For the first time in four decades, save for the usual raids and counterraids with Blackfeet and Lakotas, the Crows had their country to themselves.’
    • ‘Heeding the Crows' report that there were Lakotas hunting on the Bighorn and short on grass for the horses, Baker and Roberts turned back early on Sunday, November 12.’
    • ‘Like the Lakotas and Cheyennes, they were horse-and-buffalo Indians.’
    • ‘The Cheyennes and Lakotas would have dissented, and assuredly the American trappers who reached the Crow country shortly after Larocque's visit would have laughed heartily.’
    • ‘Nine months earlier, on August 15, 1876, Congress had passed legislation requiring the Lakotas to relinquish their claims to all land outside the Great Sioux Reservation.’
    • ‘Realizing that a railroad would destroy their hunting grounds and flood the plains with settlers, the Lakotas under Sitting Bull threatened to resist it.’
    • ‘However, there are actually fourteen Indian casualties in his painting: thirteen Lakotas and one Ankara scout named Little Brave.’
    • ‘Thick smoke across the Missouri River, Grinnell assumed, meant Lakotas and Cheyennes knew of the army's presence.’
    • ‘Between 1866 and 1891 these men participated in several notable campaigns against Kiowas, Comanches, Cheyennes, Apaches, and Lakotas.’
    • ‘By month's end, it was apparent that the large gathering of Lakotas and Northern Cheyennes who had fought Custer had scattered and that Terry's column had little chance of striking the smaller Indian encampments.’
    • ‘He had neutralized Sitting Bull already; if Crazy Horse could be defeated, the Lakotas would be without their two most influential leaders.’
    • ‘Although the Indians fought to a draw at Wolf Mountains, the battle ultimately proved to be a tactical victory for the army and an unrecoverable military defeat for the Lakotas and Northern Cheyennes.’
    • ‘Though Robertson refers to the Yanktons and Santees throughout the book as Lakotas, they are, in fact, Dakota people.’
    • ‘In Riding Buffaloes and Broncos, Allison Fuss Mellis focuses on three northern plains Indian tribes: Crows, Northern Cheyennes, and Lakotas.’
  • 2mass noun The Siouan language of the Lakota, with about 6,000 speakers.

    • ‘The grant will offer incentives to staff at the college to learn and use the Lakota language and mentors to support them.’
    • ‘By the end of the one-week marathon held near Stratford, Ontario, the two translation teams had produced Easter Story Selections in Lakota and Choctaw that they can now publish and distribute in their language communities.’
    • ‘Ostler has made a standout contribution to our understanding of both the events and their meaning in a work that deserves the attention of social scientists and historians as well as contemporary Lakota and non-Lakota readers.’
    • ‘Lakota fluency was based on how well they could speak, write, or use the Lakota language.’
    • ‘‘Skaa is Lakota for ‘ghost,’ thank you very much,’ I said shortly.’
    • ‘Yellowhawk's wife, Johanna, who also works on the Lakota team, said, ‘Language is the foundation of any culture.’’
    • ‘In short, Malachi in Hebrew means ‘Messenger of God’ and Helki in Lakota means ‘touched.’’


  • Relating to the Lakota or their language.

    • ‘When reservation Lakota leaders arrived in the nontreaty camps offering surrender terms from Department of the Platte commander General George Crook, Crazy Horse's following began to fragment.’
    • ‘On the reservation, I rode with some Lakota people, and there was this amazing stallion that was the father of most of the horses we were riding that day.’
    • ‘He looks both at what Black Elk Speaks is not (novel, biography, anthropological study, Lakota practices manual) and what it is: a work of art, spiritual literature, created by a mystic and a poet.’
    • ‘There are 6,000 Lakota speakers out of a population of 20,000 but language use is very strong in some Lakota communities.’
    • ‘He is one of the most revered Lakota warriors and spiritual leaders in Native history.’
    • ‘Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, designed by Bahr Vermeer Haecker Architects, is a melding of Lakota spirituality and Roman Catholic tradition, embracing each other with respect and open arms.’
    • ‘In this collaboration between Bruchac and S.D. Nelson, of Lakota Indian descent, the boyhood story of Crazy Horse is told.’
    • ‘‘Neither,’ I said quickly, at the same time that Malachi answered, ‘She's Lakota.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lyle, whose heritage is part Lakota, is quieter than the other two.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Crazy Horse and other Lakota and Northern Cheyenne war leaders planned the attack.’
    • ‘For eight years he held together an alliance of Lakota and Northern Cheyenne tribes that pursued their old free existence.’
    • ‘A final series of surrenders followed as hungry Lakota bands capitulated at military posts along the upper Missouri and Yellowstone.’
    • ‘During a visit to Saskatchewan, Charles spent 20 minutes in Smoke's classroom in Regina, where Smoke captivated him with traditional Lakota hand games.’
    • ‘Helki is Lakota, but she is as Indian as you or me and the rest.’
    • ‘On July 28, 1865, the First and Fourth United States Volunteers and the Sixth Iowa Cavalry turned back repeated Lakota attacks.’
    • ‘At about 7: 00 A.M. Lakota and Northern Cheyenne warriors charged K Company's lines.’
    • ‘InnerChange inmates engage in spontaneous prayer throughout the day, but Lakota, Muslim, and other inmates in the general population need approval to pray together.’
    • ‘Don't think about being Lakota, or about us being Ojibwa, or about those that might not accept you.’
    • ‘I am Lakota and Mohawk, originally from the Akwesasne Mohawk Reserve.’


The name in Lakota, related to the word Dakota.