Definition of Lepcha in English:

Lepcha

noun

  • 1A member of a people living mainly in mountain valleys in Sikkim, western Bhutan, and parts of Nepal and West Bengal.

    • ‘Sikkim's original inhabitants, the Lepchas, are believed to have settled there from Mongolia.’
    • ‘Bhutias, Lepchas and Nepalese are the original Sikkimese but now you will find there a number of other tribes and groups.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Tibeto-Burman language of the Lepcha, with over 50,000 speakers.

adjective

  • Relating to the Lepcha or their language.

    • ‘An ethnographic study was commissioned to study the project's impacts on North Sikkim and on the Lepcha community, the original inhabitants of Sikkim with a distinct cultural and traditional community life.’

Origin

From Nepali lāpche.

Pronunciation:

Lepcha

/ˈlɛptʃə/