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

  • n. A member of a people of nomadic herding tradition inhabiting Lapland.
  • n. Any of the Finnic languages of the Sami.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of the nomadic people of Lapland.
  • proper n. Any of the languages of the Sami.
  • proper n. A male given name.

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


Sami, from earlier Sabme; probably akin to Finnish Suomi, Finn, Finnish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sámi, from one of the Sami languages. (Wiktionary)
Arabic سامي (Sāmiyy) "exalted". (Wiktionary)


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