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[gur-kuh, goo r-] /ˈgɜr kə, ˈgʊər-/
noun, plural Gurkhas (especially collectively) Gurkha.
a member of a Rajput people, Hindu in religion, who achieved dominion over Nepal in the 18th century.
a Nepalese soldier in the British or Indian army.
Origin of Gurkha
First recorded in 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Gurkha
Historical Examples
  • On parade were the 5th, 6th and 10th Gurkha Battalions with the 14th Sikhs.

  • This morning the Gurkha regiment relieved in the first line.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • How can it come between us and these Gurkha dogs whom we have been seeking this many a day?

    The Great Airship. F. S. Brereton
  • Ted then perceived that the Gurkha officer was the man who knew Goria Thapa.

    The Disputed V.C. Frederick P. Gibbon
  • He was partly of Gurkha blood, and his senses were wonderfully keen.

  • The likeness of the Jap infantryman to the Gurkha grows when you see him in bulk.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • The body of a Gurkha, killed by him, was discovered on a path through the jungle.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • Here a friend introduced me to a Jemadar in a Gurkha regiment.

    The Unveiling of Lhasa Edmund Candler
  • One Kham man shot a Gurkha who was looking into the cave where he was hiding.

    The Unveiling of Lhasa Edmund Candler
  • There is a saying on the Indian frontier: 'There is a hill; send up a Gurkha.'

    The Unveiling of Lhasa Edmund Candler
British Dictionary definitions for Gurkha


/ˈɡʊəkɑː; ˈɡɜːkə/
noun (pl) -khas, -kha
a member of a Hindu people, descended from Brahmins and Rajputs, living chiefly in Nepal, where they achieved dominance after being driven from India by the Muslims
a member of this people serving as a soldier in the Indian or British army
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Gurkha

1811, member of a dominant race of Nepal, of Hindu descent, famous as warriors. Said to be ultimately from Sanskrit gauh "cow" + raksati "he protects."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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