Definition of Sherpa in English:

Sherpa

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃəːpə
 
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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.
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    • 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 work prior to a summit conference.

Origin

from Tibetan sharpa 'inhabitant of an Eastern country'.

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