a region in N Norway, N Sweden, N Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of the NW Russian Federation in Europe: inhabited by Lapps. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lapland

Historical Examples of lapland

  • The loaves and the ham were finished, and Gerda and the reindeer were in Lapland.

  • They, of course, both when with us and in Lapland as well, lived and slept where the herd was.

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

  • She would have been a social success in Honolulu or Lapland, the witch!

    Margarita's Soul

    Ingraham Lovell

  • I believe by a gold mine he knows about somewhere, and a steam tramway in Lapland.

    Vice Versa

    F. Anstey

  • Nothing was more certain than that the Bishop of Tronyem was in a Lapland tent.

    Feats on the Fiord

    Harriet Martineau

British Dictionary definitions for lapland



an extensive region of N Europe, mainly within the Arctic Circle: consists of the N parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of the extreme NW of RussiaAlso called (informal): Land of the Midnight Sun
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Word Origin and History for lapland


1570s, from Lapp, the Swedish name for this Finnic people (their name for themselves was Sabme), which probably originally was an insulting coinage (cf. Middle High German lappe "simpleton"). In English traditionally the home of witches and wizards who had power to conjure winds and tempests. Related: Laplander.

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