- pl. -·tas, -·ta a member of the westernmost branch of the Dakotas
- the group of dialects of Dakota spoken by the Lakotas
Origin of Lakotaself-designation in Lakota
nounpl. Lakota or La·ko·tas
- A member of the largest and westernmost of the Sioux, made up of seven groups including the Oglala, Hunkpapa, Brulé, Miniconjou, and Sihasapa. The Lakota became nomadic buffalo hunters after migrating westward in the 1700s and figured prominently in the resistance to white encroachment on the northern Great Plains.
- The Siouan language of the Lakota. In both senses also called Teton, Teton Sioux. See Usage Note at Nakota.
Origin of LakotaLakota lakxota, allies.
- A Native American tribe, also known as the Sioux, now living primarily on the Rosebud, Pine Ridge, Lower Brule, Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Reservations.
- The language spoken by the Lakota.
- A member of this tribe.
Lakota for "alliance of friends"