[ sam-uh-yed, suh-moi-id ]
/ ˌsæm əˈyɛd, səˈmɔɪ ɪd /


a member of a Uralic people dwelling in W Siberia and the far NE parts of European Russia.
Also Samoyedic. a subfamily of Uralic languages spoken by the Samoyed people.
(sometimes lowercase) one of a Russian breed of medium-sized dogs that have long, dense, white or cream hair and are used by the Samoyed people for herding reindeer and pulling sleds.

Origin of Samoyed

First recorded in 1580–90, Samoyed is from the Russian word samoyéd Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for samoyed

/ (ˌsæməˈjɛd) /


plural -yed or -yeds a member of a group of peoples who migrated along the Russian Arctic coast and now live chiefly in the area of the N Urals: related to the Finns
the languages of these peoples, related to Finno-Ugric within the Uralic family
(səˈmɔɪɛd) a Siberian breed of dog of the spitz type, having a dense white or cream coat with a distinct ruff, and a tightly curled tail

Derived forms of Samoyed

Samoyedic, adjective

Word Origin for Samoyed

C17: from Russian Samoed
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