Definition of Sami in English:


plural noun

(also Saami)
  • The Lapps of northern Scandinavia.

    ‘The Sami of northern Scandinavia used the inner bark of Scots pines for food.’
    • ‘The Sami in northern Norway say that time is always coming rather than going.’
    • ‘In northern Scandinavia, many rights of the Sami peoples are respected vis-a-vis their traditional pursuits.’
    • ‘At Opera we will soon release a version of Northern (our italics - ed) Sami.’
    • ‘The Sami, like the Inuit, lived in the Arctic for thousands of years before European whalers braved the Northern climate.’
    • ‘He was primarily a linguist; one reason he collected folklore was to document Nordic loanwords in Sami.’
    • ‘He obtained a PhD in both philology and theology and possessed great knowledge of both the Sami and Finnish languages.’
    • ‘Some groups of Sami practice reindeer nomadism and range across northern Sweden and Finland.’
    • ‘Although this legend is told in many places in Norway, it is favoured among the Sami people and features the enemy as the Russians, Swedes or just plain robbers.’
    • ‘Today most Sami practice the dominant Lutheran religion of the Nordic countries in which they live.’
    • ‘There are also Swedish and other European variants, but there is only one Sami example, which must also have been told by Ellen.’
    • ‘There are Samis also in Russia - a fact worth noting, especially when it comes to comparative studies and the indexing of Sami folk literature.’
    • ‘She had had a couple of narratives about Sami shamans, noaidies, so she was asked if it was a fact that some people had the ability to inflict evil on others.’
    • ‘It is almost uniquely Finnish, lines in descriptions of the trip to the imaginary world having counterparts in the Kalevala and also in Sami practices.’
    • ‘The story about him, the shaman in a Sami village in Norway, evokes ideas about a religious tradition being kept alive in secret.’
    • ‘They're dressed, as Sami usually are, in modern clothing with several traditional touches.’
    • ‘No one is ever quite sure how the Sami people of Lapland managed to lay such undisputed claim to the fact that Santa Claus abides among them.’
    • ‘On the packed-ice road, it's not uncommon to see an indigenous Sami herding reindeer.’
    • ‘For many people a new religion is controversial, just as it is for the Christian people in the Sami village mentioned in the newspaper article.’
    • ‘To be photographed, she put on her Sami cap: ‘I'll put on my cap so that I get to be a Sami,’ she said.’



/ˈsämē/ /ˈsɑmi/


See Lapp


Lappish, of unknown origin.