- 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.
- Also called Lappish. any of the languages of the Lapps, closely related to Finnish.
Also called Sami.
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Examples from the Web for lapp
And the Lapp woman wrote a letter on a dried fish, as she had no paper.
“Good-by,” they say to the kind Lapp woman; “good-by” to the gentle reindeer.
The Lapp in an instant was on his skees armed with his bludgeon.
The Lapp said: 'The bear is walking, making a ring in that manner.
It was my Lapp, and soon he was by my side with reindeer and sleighs.
- 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
The indigenous people of Lapland prefer to be called Sami, although Lapp is still in widespread use
Word Origin and History for lapp
1859; see Lapland.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper