[gur-kuh, goo r-]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for gurkha
On parade were the 5th, 6th and 10th Gurkha Battalions with the 14th Sikhs.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
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 adventures of Kimble Bent
- 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
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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."
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