Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See Sami.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An indigenous person from Lapland. One of the Sami people.
  • n. The language of the Lapp peoples.
  • adj. From Lapland or of the Lapp peoples

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as laplander. Cf. lapps.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of the race from which Lapland takes its name, but which forms only a portion of its population.
  • n. An abbreviation of Lappish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of an indigenous nomadic people living in northern Scandinavia and herding reindeer
  • n. the language of nomadic Lapps in northern Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula

Etymologies

Swedish, from Old Swedish lapper, piece, perhaps of Finnish origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Swedish lapp. This in turn originally possibly an extension of the meaning "patch" (in reference to poorness), or from Finnish lape ("periphery") (in reference to geography). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Of course he knew that his ancestors had lived in Lapland for hundreds of years; but before he went to the Djurgård that day with Birger and Gerda, he had never heard himself called a Lapp in derision.

    Gerda in Sweden

  • There is some great mystery of mythology, as yet unsolved, regarding the origin of the Edda and its relations with the faiths and folk-lore of the elder Shamanic beliefs, such as Lapp, Finn, Samoyed, Eskimo, and

    Algonquin Legends of New England

  • Lapp shamans, too, fasted in anticipation of making a sacrifice.

    Donna Henes: Lent: Hungering For Spirit

  • Ali Lapp, a former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee official who runs the House Majority PAC, said last year's heavy spending by Republican groups and the GOP takeover of the House was a wake-up call for Democrats "that we couldn't fight with one hand behind our backs."

    'SuperPACs' could be a game-changer for elections

  • Readers may remember that this is the same competition in which managing editor Jordan Lapp took first place for the third quarter of 2008.

    April’s Table of Contents

  • I learnt traditional Sami (Lapp) methods for preparing reindeer hides, and picked up forest beliefs and customs from people who've lived there for generations.

    Michelle Paver - An interview with author

  • Ali Lapp, who runs the House Majority PAC, said the fund-raising event will help Democrats as they attempt to pick up 25 seats to regain the majority in the House.

    Romney Matches Obama in Stance on Outside Groups

  • It was incredible to stand on top of that peak and think that Birkeland had spent a winter (often braving atrocious weather conditions) with this breath-taking view stretching north to the Arctic Sea and south to the mountain plateau that is the winter home of the Sabme (Lapp) reindeer herders.

    A Conversation with Lucy Jago, author of The Northern Lights

  • In a Summer of 2007, in suitability with a agreement between Buffalo Rapids Board of Control as well as Dave Schwarz, a pickup was used to lift Deb Schwarzs mobile kitchen to a Lapp wedding.

    September 09, 2009 Meeting Minutes

  • Our objective is to help the Democrats win back the House, said Alixandria Lapp, executive director of the House Majority PAC.

    Democrats form PAC to help win back House

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