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n. pl. Sherpa or Sher·pas
A member of a traditionally Buddhist people of Tibetan ancestry living on the southern side of the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim. In modern times Sherpas have achieved renown as high-altitude porters and expert guides on Himalayan mountaineering expeditions.
n, pl -pas or -pa
(Peoples) a member of a people of Mongolian origin living on the southern slopes of the Himalayas in Nepal, noted as mountaineers
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an official who makes preparations for or assists a government representative or important delegate at a summit meeting or conference
[C20: from Sherpa, a member of a people noted for providing assistance to mountaineers: from a pun on the different senses of summit]
Sher•pa(ˈʃɛr pə, ˈʃɜr-)
n., pl. -pas.
1. a member of a people living in the Himalayas of E Nepal, known in the West for their service as porters on climbing and trekking expeditions.
2. the form of Tibetan spoken by the Sherpas.
sherpa- Literally means "inhabitant of an eastern country."
See also related terms for inhabitant.
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|Noun||1.||Sherpa - a member of the Himalayan people living in Nepal and Tibet who are famous for their skill as mountaineers|
Kingdom of Nepal, Nepal - a small landlocked Asian country high in the Himalayas between India and China
Sitsang, Thibet, Tibet, Xizang - an autonomous region of the Peoples Republic of China; located in the Himalayas