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[lap] /læp/
Also called Laplander
[lap-lan-der, -luh n-] /ˈlæpˌlæn dər, -lən-/ (Show IPA)
. 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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for laplander
Historical Examples
  • Archy found the “laplander” a very different vessel to the “Kate.”

    Archibald Hughson W.H.G. Kingston
  • The wealth of a laplander depends on the number of reindeer which he possesses.

    Peeps at Many Lands: Norway A.F. Mockler-Ferryman
  • He is as tall as you; and he has not the copper colour of a laplander.'

  • It is similar to, if not identical with, the St. Helena and the laplander.

  • How obviously inadequate is the conception of life enjoyed by the ordinary laplander or the most intelligent Fuegian!

    Science in Arcady Grant Allen
  • Appears to be nearly identical with the St. Helena and laplander.

  • This curious race of men is divided into two distinct classes, the nomadic laplander and the sedentary laplander.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
  • They serve about the same purpose with them as the reindeer does to the laplander.

    The Arctic Whaleman Lewis Holmes
  • When the laplander in summer catches no fish, he must either starve, or kill some of his reindeer.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • She even quits the herd to which she belongs, and seeks her young at the laplander's hut.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
British Dictionary definitions for laplander


a native or inhabitant of Lapland


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
Usage note
The indigenous people of Lapland prefer to be called Sami, although Lapp is still in widespread use
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for laplander


1859; see Lapland.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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