geographical name
Ne·​pal | \ nə-ˈpȯl How to pronounce Nepal (audio) , nā-, -ˈpäl also nə-ˈpal \

Definition of Nepal

landlocked country in Asia on the northeast border of India in the Himalayas; capital Kathmandu area 56,827 square miles (147,181 square kilometers), population 29,718,000

Note: Everest, the world's highest mountain, is located on the border between Nepal and China (Tibet).

Other Words from Nepal

Nepalese \ ˌne-​pə-​ˈlēz How to pronounce Nepalese (audio) , -​ˈlēs \ adjective or noun

Learn More about Nepal

Statistics for Nepal

Cite this Entry

“Nepal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on Nepal

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with Nepal

Spanish Central: Translation of Nepal

Nglish: Translation of Nepal for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of Nepal for Arabic Speakers

Comments on Nepal

What made you want to look up Nepal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!