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  1. Also called Lap·land·er [lap-lan-der, -luh n-] /ˈlæpˌlæn dər, -lən-/. a member of a Finnic people of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and adjacent regions.
  2. Also called Lappish. any of the languages of the Lapps, closely related to Finnish.
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Also called Sami.
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Examples from the Web for laplander

Historical Examples of laplander

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for laplander


  1. a native or inhabitant of Lapland
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  1. a member of a nomadic people living chiefly in N Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula of Russia
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Finno-Ugric family
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  1. of or relating to this people or their language
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The indigenous people of Lapland prefer to be called Sami, although Lapp is still in widespread use
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Word Origin and History for laplander


1859; see Lapland.

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