Definition of Yakima in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2[mass noun] The language of the Yakima.

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


  • Relating to the Yakima or their language.

    • ‘A Yakima tribal elder allowed him to observe and learn the tradition over a period of eight months.’
    • ‘His mother's father had fought in the Yakima wars of 1855 through 1858.’
    • ‘They also were reported on the Yakima Indian reservation before the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We also noted that the worst candidate was Yakima prosecutor Jeff Sullivan; he, unfortunately, is Owens' opponent.’


The name in Sahaptin (a Salish language).