[ sher-puh, shur- ]
/ ˈʃɛr pə, ˈʃɜr- /

noun, plural Sher·pas, (especially collectively) Sher·pa.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sherpa (1 of 2)

/ (ˈʃɜːpə) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for sherpa (2 of 2)

/ (ˈʃɜːpə) /

noun plural -pas or -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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