- a member of a people of Tibetan stock living in the Nepalese Himalayas, who often serve as porters on mountain-climbing expeditions.
- (sometimes lowercase) an expert chosen by a chief executive to assist in preparations for a summit meeting.
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Examples from the Web for sherpa
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The pride of Kathmandu is a cross-country skier named — I kid you not — Sherpa.
His humility is refreshing; Sherpa himself expects a last-place finish.
These headlamps, Sher realized, belonged to a team of Sherpa descending to base camp.
Amanda Padoan is a co-author of Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day.
- 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
- a member of a people of Mongolian origin living on the southern slopes of the Himalayas in Nepal, noted as mountaineers
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Word Origin and History for sherpa
1847, from Tibetan, literally "dweller in an eastern country."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper