Definition of Lepcha in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɛptʃə/

noun (plural same or Lepchas)

1A member of a people living mainly in mountain valleys in Sikkim, western Bhutan, and parts of Nepal and West Bengal.
Example sentences
  • Sikkim's original inhabitants, the Lepchas, are believed to have settled there from Mongolia.
  • Bhutias, Lepchas and Nepalese are the original Sikkimese but now you will find there a number of other tribes and groups.
2 [mass noun] The Tibeto-Burman language of the Lepcha, with over 50,000 speakers.


Relating to the Lepcha or their language.
Example sentences
  • An ethnographic study was commissioned to study the project's impacts on North Sikkim and on the Lepcha community, the original inhabitants of Sikkim with a distinct cultural and traditional community life.


From Nepali lāpche.

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