Definition of saeter in US English:


(also saether, seter, säter)


  • 1In Scandinavia: a mountain pasture where cattle remain during the summer months.

  • 2A dairy or farm on such a pasture.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Malthus (1766–1834), political economist. From Norwegian (Nynorsk) saeter, (Nynorsk and Bokmål) seter (Old Norwegian saetr) and its cognate Swedish säter from an es -, os -stem derivative of an ablaut variant (lengthened grade) of the same Indo-European base as sit; compare (with e -grade) Sanskrit sadas abode, dwelling place, ancient Greek ἕδος seat, stool, abode, dwelling place, Old Icelandic setr abode, dwelling place, setting (of the sun).