Definition of Lepcha in English:


nounLepcha, Lepchas

  • 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.’
  • 2mass noun The Tibeto-Burman language of the Lepcha, with over 50,000 speakers.


  • 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.’


From Nepali lāpche.