View your list of saved words. (You can log in using Facebook.)
About Our Definitions: All forms of a word (noun, verb, etc.) are now displayed on one page.
Definition of SAMI
: a member of a people of northern Scandinavia, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of northern Russia who are traditionally fishermen, nomadic herders of caribou, and hunters of sea mammals
: any or all of the closely related Finno-Ugric languages of the Sami people
Variants of SAMI
Sa·mi also Saa·mi\ˈsä-mē\
Origin of SAMI
of Sami origin; akin to North Sami sápmi, genitive sámi the Sami homeland, language, or way of life
First Known Use: 1842
Any of the descendants of ancient nomadic peoples who inhabited northern Scandinavia. They may be Paleo-Siberian or alpine peoples from central Europe. Reindeer hunting was the basis of their life from earliest times; herding was the basis of their economy until recently. They became nomadic a few centuries ago. The three Sami languages, mutually unintelligible, are sometimes considered dialects of one language of the Finno-Ugric branch of the Uralic family. They number about 70,000.