noun \ˈsher-pə, ˈshər-\

: a member of a people who live in the Himalayas and who are often hired to help guide mountain climbers and carry their equipment

Full Definition of SHERPA

:  a member of a Tibetan people living on the high southern slopes of the Himalayas in eastern Nepal and known for providing support for foreign trekkers and mountain climbers

Origin of SHERPA

of Tibetan origin; akin to Tibetan (Central dialects) shārba, shārpo easterner, Sherpa
First Known Use: 1847


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any member of a mountain-dwelling people of the Himalayas. Sherpas are of Tibetan culture and descent and speak a Tibetan dialect. They make a living spinning and weaving wool, along with farming and cattle breeding. They have won international renown as porters in the high Himalayas, and the name Sherpa has come to be used generically for porters there. They number about 50,000.


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