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  • noun A male of the Sherpa people employed as a mountain guide or porter.
  • noun An expert sent by a country’s leader to a summit meeting.
  • noun A synthetic fabric with a long, thick pile, similar to faux fur, imitation lamb wool, or fleece.
  • verb rare To serve as a guide or porter for another.


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  • According to Nina Totenberg (NPR legal correspondent) a "sherpa" (presumably N.Y. Senator Chuck Shumer) will guide/lead Sonia Sotomayor in "making the rounds" on Capitol Hill in her quest to "unroil the waters" leading to the Supreme Court.

    May 31, 2009

  • Ooh, they have sherpas at summit meetings of world leaders as well. But sometimes they succumb to viral sherpes, especially if they engage in unsafe translating practices.

    June 1, 2009

  • Interesting usage (and interesting article) here.

    July 7, 2009