Sher·​pa ˈsher-pə How to pronounce Sherpa (audio)
: 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

Examples of Sherpa in a Sentence

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Word History


of Tibetan origin; akin to Tibetan (Central dialects) shārba, shārpo easterner, Sherpa

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Sherpa was in 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Sherpa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a member of a people living on the high southern slopes of the Himalayas who are known for providing support for foreign trekkers and mountain climbers

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