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.
Also called Sami. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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
  1. 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
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Word Origin and History for lapp


1859; see Lapland.

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