Definition of Sherpa in English:

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Sherpa

Pronunciation: /ˈSHərpə/

noun (plural same or Sherpas)

1A member of a Himalayan people living on the borders of Nepal and Tibet, renowned for their skill in mountaineering.
Example sentences
  • Often inseparable from their association with world-class mountaineering, the Sherpas of Nepal inhabit much of the Solu-Khumbu or Khumbu regions of the Himalayas.
  • Unlike Americans or Europeans, Himalayan Sherpas consider high-altitude climbing to be decidedly unglamorous, dangerous, dirty work.
  • Until recently, Nepal's legendary Sherpas, who play a pivotal role in almost every ascent of Himalayan peaks, just watched from the sidelines as accomplished climbers from the West minted money with guided tours up Everest.
1.1 informal A civil servant or diplomat who undertakes preparatory political work prior to a summit conference.

Origin

From Tibetan sharpa 'inhabitant of an eastern country'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Sher·pa

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