What does Sherpa mean?

Definitions for Sherpa
ˈʃɛr pə, ˈʃɜr-sher·pa

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Sherpanoun

    a member of the Himalayan people living in Nepal and Tibet who are famous for their skill as mountaineers


  1. Sherpanoun

    A Himalayan ethnic group living in Nepal and Tibet.

  2. Sherpanoun

    The Southern Tibetan language of this group.

  3. sherpanoun

    A male of the Sherpa people employed as a mountain guide or porter.

  4. sherpanoun

    An expert sent by a country's leader to a summit meeting.

  5. sherpanoun

    A synthetic fabric with a long, thick pile, similar to faux fur, imitation lamb wool or fleece.

  6. sherpaverb

    To serve as a guide or porter for another.



    SHERPA (Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access) is an organisation originally set up in 2002 to run and manage the SHERPA Project.


  1. sherpa

    A Sherpa is a member of an ethnic group from the mountainous region of Nepal, renowned for their exceptional mountaineering and trekking skills. The term is also commonly used to refer to local people, typically men, who are employed as guides for mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas, particularly for expeditions aiming to climb Mount Everest. Sherpa can also mean a guide or mentor who assists someone in a process or journey.


  1. Sherpa

    A sherpa is the personal representative of a head of state or government who prepares an international summit, particularly the annual G8 Summit. Between the G8 summits there are multiple sherpa conferences where possible agreements are laid out. This reduces the amount of time and resources required at the negotiations of the heads of state at the final summit. The name sherpa—without further context—refers to sherpas for the G8 summit but the designation can be spread for different regular conferences where the participation of the respective head of state is required. The sherpa is generally quite influential, although they generally lack the authority to independently make the final decision about any given agreement. The name is derived from the Sherpa people, a Nepalese ethnic group, who serve as guides and porters in the Himalayas, a reference to the fact that the sherpa clears the way for a head of state at a major summit. The name was originally of informal usage in between the states of the European Union where personal representatives prepare work for the Intergovernmental Conference meetings. While the position of a chief negotiator can be traced back under varying names to the first days of the European Union process the name has caught on as an official reference just lately on the designation of a high profile group on competition regulation in the European chemistry that names officially a "Sherpa-Subgroup".

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sherpa is ranked #13949 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sherpa surname appeared 2,164 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Sherpa.

    92.4% or 2,000 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.5% or 76 total occurrences were White.
    3.2% or 71 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.3% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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Anagrams for Sherpa »

  1. pasher

  2. phaser

  3. phrase

  4. seraph

  5. shaper

  6. sharpe

  7. sphear

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sherpa in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sherpa in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Sherpa in a Sentence

  1. Ron Bonjean:

    The confirmation process has turned into a political campaign for office and while you have judges that have brilliant legal minds, they are literally running for office for the first time, and having a sherpa or a campaign manager help them go through the process is extremely useful.

  2. Kenton Cool:

    They reached the top with three Nepali sherpa guides.

  3. Ron Bonjean:

    I would want (Kyl) in my foxhole any day of the week as a legislative sherpa, walking around Brett Kavanaugh.

  4. Ang Tshering Sherpa:

    Sherra Gyalgen Sherpa reached the top of Sagarmatha at 5.05 p.m. (1120 GMT), in all nine sherpa climbers scaled the top.

  5. Rizza Alee:

    Next time if I come, I will choose the company wisely, I will choose the sherpa wisely, I will choose everything wisely.

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