Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Sami.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Same as laplander. Cf. lapps.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun countable An indigenous person from Lapland. One of the Sami people.
  • noun uncountable The language of the Lapp peoples.
  • adjective From Lapland or of the Lapp peoples

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Swedish, from Old Swedish lapper, piece, perhaps of Finnish origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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).

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

  • 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

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

    Donna Henes: Lent: Hungering For Spirit

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Donna Henes: Lent: Hungering For Spirit

  • 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

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