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or Saa·mi  (sä′mē)
n. pl. Sami or Sa·mis or Saami or Saa·mis
1. A member of a people of nomadic herding tradition in northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland, and in the Kola Peninsula of Russia.
2. Any of the Uralic languages of the Sami.

[Sami, from earlier Sabme; probably akin to Finnish Suomi, Finn, Finnish.]
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npl -mi or -mis
1. (Peoples) a member of the indigenous people of Lapland
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Finno-Ugric family
3. (Peoples) of or relating to this people or their language
4. (Languages) of or relating to this people or their language
Usage: The indigenous people of Lapland prefer to be called Sami, although Lapp is still in widespread use
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a member of a Finnic people of Lapland.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Sami - a member of an indigenous nomadic people living in northern Scandinavia and herding reindeerSami - a member of an indigenous nomadic people living in northern Scandinavia and herding reindeer
Lapland, Lappland - a region in northmost Europe inhabited by Lapps
European - a native or inhabitant of Europe
2.Sami - the language of nomadic Lapps in northern Scandinavia and the Kola PeninsulaSami - the language of nomadic Lapps in northern Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula
Lappic, Lappish - any of the languages spoken by the Lapps and generally assumed to be Uralic languages
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The Saamis Teepee stands sentinel over the Saamis archaeological site.
Yesterday: Svitzer Redbridge, Tyne; ASV Pioneer, Tees; Vohburg, Rotterdam; Saamis Adventurer, Bayonne; Herm, Grangemouth; Seychelles Pride, NOT KNOWN; Americas Spirit, Tetney Terminal.
The Saamis Teepee, in Medicine Hat, billed as the world's largest teepee and part of the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games legacy, hosted an Olympic bash on Jan.
While she is charged with "objective" offenses according to the law, Gunnila Jonsdotter is condemned by perceptions of Saamis that constitute them as imaginary "Others" to the Swedish nation-state.
The Saamis inhabited land close to the center of Swedish state power, and interaction had been going on for centuries.
SAAMIS Immigration Services Association, Medicine Hat.
Bilingual dictionaries are needed by the Kola Saamis because few Saamis speak their own language; they need training in the language and that is why they need bilingual dictionaries, including a pedagogical one.
The Eastern Saami languages spoken in Russia can be divided into two groups: the mainland group (Skolt Saami, Akkala Saami) and the peninsula group (Kildin Saami, Ter Saami) (Sammallahti 1998 : 26).
As part of a national campaign to mark the one year countdown to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, a ceremony was held at the Saamis Teepee site at dusk on Feb.
The Saamis Teepee is part of the legacy of the 1988 Calgary Olympics.
Seen to the number of native speakers, Ume Saami is one of the smallest languages of the Saamic family and the smallest of the Saamic languages in Sweden.
The Saami in Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula in Russia constitute some fifty thousand people, thirty thousand of whom live in Norway.