Sherpa

Sherpa

[sher-puh, shur-]
noun, plural Sherpas (especially collectively) Sherpa.
1.
a member of a people of Tibetan stock living in the Nepalese Himalayas, who often serve as porters on mountain-climbing expeditions.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) an expert chosen by a chief executive to assist in preparations for a summit meeting.
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sherpa (ˈʃɜːpə)
 
n
an official who makes preparations for or assists a government representative or important delegate at a summit meeting or conference
 
[C20: from Sherpa, a member of a people noted for providing assistance to mountaineers: from a pun on the different senses of summit]

Sherpa (ˈʃɜːpə)
 
n , pl -pas, -pa
a member of a people of Mongolian origin living on the southern slopes of the Himalayas in Nepal, noted as mountaineers

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Sherpa
1847, from Tibetan, lit. "dweller in an eastern country."
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