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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 lapp

Historical Examples

  • And the Lapp woman wrote a letter on a dried fish, as she had no paper.

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  • “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.

British Dictionary definitions for lapp


  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 lapp


1859; see Lapland.

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