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[lap] /læp/
Also called Laplander
[lap-lan-der, -luh n-] /ˈlæpˌlæn dər, -lən-/ (Show IPA)
. a member of a Finnic people of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and adjacent regions.
Also called Lappish. any of the languages of the Lapps, closely related to Finnish.
Also called Sami. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for laplander
Historical Examples
  • The wealth of a laplander depends on the number of reindeer which he possesses.

    Peeps at Many Lands: Norway A.F. Mockler-Ferryman
  • Archy found the “laplander” a very different vessel to the “Kate.”

    Archibald Hughson W.H.G. Kingston
  • It is similar to, if not identical with, the St. Helena and the laplander.

  • Appears to be nearly identical with the St. Helena and laplander.

  • They serve about the same purpose with them as the reindeer does to the laplander.

    The Arctic Whaleman Lewis Holmes
  • The usual life of the nomadic laplander is about as wretched as can well be imagined.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
  • The laplander carries in his pocket a horn spoon and a knife.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
  • An old laplander and his wife offered the traveller some reindeer milk.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
  • She even quits the herd to which she belongs, and seeks her young at the laplander's hut.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • The laplander is satisfied with a small quantity of food at once.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
British Dictionary definitions for laplander


a native or inhabitant of Lapland


a member of a nomadic people living chiefly in N Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula of Russia
the language of this people, belonging to the Finno-Ugric family
of or relating to this people or their language
Usage note
The indigenous people of Lapland prefer to be called Sami, although Lapp is still in widespread use
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for laplander


1859; see Lapland.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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