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[sher-puh, shur-] /ˈʃɛr pə, ˈʃɜr-/
noun, plural Sherpas (especially collectively) Sherpa.
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. Unabridged
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an official who makes preparations for or assists a government representative or important delegate at a summit meeting or conference
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C20: from Sherpa, a member of a people noted for providing assistance to mountaineers: from a pun on the different senses of summit


noun (pl) -pas, -pa
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."

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A high-ranking assistant of a head of state, esp one who makes the arrangements for a summit meeting: high-level civil servants known in the diplomatic community as Sherpas

[1980+; fr the Himalayan tribe that specializes in guiding and assisting mountain climbers to summits]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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