Pronunciation: (sher'pu, shûr'-), [key]
—pl. -pas, (esp. collectively) -pa.
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 l.c.) an expert chosen by a chief executive to assist in preparations for a summit meeting.
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