[sher-puh, shur-]
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noun, plural Sher·pas, (especially collectively) Sher·pa.
  1. a member of a people of Tibetan stock living in the Nepalese Himalayas, who often serve as porters on mountain-climbing expeditions.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) an expert chosen by a chief executive to assist in preparations for a summit meeting. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for sherpa

chaperon, cicerone, docent, escort, guide, sherpa

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  1. an official who makes preparations for or assists a government representative or important delegate at a summit meeting or conference

Word Origin for sherpa

C20: from Sherpa, a member of a people noted for providing assistance to mountaineers: from a pun on the different senses of summit


noun plural -pas or -pa
  1. 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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