Definition of Finn in US English:



  • A native or inhabitant of Finland or a person of Finnish descent.

    • ‘Emigration from Finland is an old phenomenon; Finns were moving to what is now Sweden as early as the start of the sixteenth century.’
    • ‘The Swedes and Finns have been harvesting forest biomass to use as energy since the 1970s.’
    • ‘When I first came to Finland, I thought the Finns had low expectations.’
    • ‘Finnish modesty does not mean that Finns are not ambitious, not determined and not confident.’
    • ‘The Finnish Red Cross went out to Thai resorts to look for missing Finns.’
    • ‘Many Finns readily took part in the Russian Revolution of 1905, whereupon autonomy was restored.’
    • ‘The Finns have the world's highest rate of coffee consumption per person.’
    • ‘In 1998 Jenkins spent a month there training with some of the best Finns and he has already planned four training camps to Finland this year.’
    • ‘The Finns knew that Russian vehicles had to stay on the road.’
    • ‘While these historical patterns of settlement affect the current rural landscape, six of ten Finns now live in urban areas.’
    • ‘Camouflaged in white clothing on white skis, the Finns inspired American skiers.’
    • ‘To date, 19 Norwegians, seven Danes and five Finns have been confirmed dead.’
    • ‘A reminder of just how close Tallinn is to Finland is the large number of Finns you will come across sitting in the sunshine outside the city's many bars.’
    • ‘The square below is a great place to just sit and watch Finns and myriad other nationalities drift by.’
    • ‘Some Finns have disavowed the Estonian influence on their national pastime, however.’
    • ‘On a recent trip to Finland, Deacon was impressed with the progress the Finns have made in reducing teenage pregnancies.’
    • ‘The Finns and Poles demanded their right to national independence.’
    • ‘Over here there's a few Swedes and Finns discussing strategy in their native tongues.’
    • ‘In fact the Finns have very high rates, but so do the Americans.’
    • ‘The Swedes and the Finns are usually found to be defending principles when it might not appear to be in their national interest.’


Old English Finnas (plural), originally applied more widely to denote a people of Scandinavia and NE Europe speaking a Finno-Ugric language.