Sami

noun
Sa·​mi | \ ˈsä-mē How to pronounce Sami (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
plural Sami or Samis also Saami or Saamis

Definition of Sami

1 : 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
2 : any or all of the closely related Finno-Ugric languages of the Sami people

First Known Use of Sami

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Sami

of Sami origin; akin to North Sami sápmi, genitive sámi the Sami homeland, language, or way of life

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“Sami.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Sami. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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