Main definitions of Yakima in US English:

: Yakima1Yakima2

Yakima1

proper noun

  • A commercial and industrial city in south central Washington; population 84,074 (est. 2008).

Pronunciation

Yakima

/ˈyakəmə/

Main definitions of Yakima in US English:

: Yakima1Yakima2

Yakima2

noun

  • 1A member of a North American people of south central Washington State.

    • ‘Indeed, his case studies of the Yakima and the Pima Indians provide extraordinarily vivid examples of the effects reclamation had on local power relations, although one could pull many other instances from his book.’
    • ‘This violence led to the Plateau Indian, or Yakima, War of 1855-1858.’
    • ‘The effective population size of the Nuu Chah Nulth was estimated (from anthropological data) by WARD et al. 1991 to be N 600, a number we take for the Yakima as well.’
    • ‘The Nez Percé maintained friendly relations with most tribes of the Plateau area, including the Walla Walla, Yakima, Palouse, and Cayuse as well as other tribes to their north.’
  • 2The Sahaptin dialect of the Yakima.

    • ‘Next we describe the accentual system of Yakima - a dialect of Sahaptin.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Yakima or their language.

    • ‘They also were reported on the Yakima Indian reservation before the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state.’
    • ‘A Yakima tribal elder allowed him to observe and learn the tradition over a period of eight months.’
    • ‘We also noted that the worst candidate was Yakima prosecutor Jeff Sullivan; he, unfortunately, is Owens' opponent.’
    • ‘His mother's father had fought in the Yakima wars of 1855 through 1858.’
    • ‘We illustrate our method by finding the conditional distribution of the age of the 9-bp deletion in mitochondrial region V in a sample of Native Americans from the Yakima tribe.’

Origin

The name in Sahaptin (a Salish language).

Pronunciation

Yakima

/ˈyakəmə/