[ gur-kuh, goor- ]
/ ˈgɜr kə, ˈgʊər- /
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noun, plural Gur·khas, (especially collectively) Gur·kha.
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.
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Origin of Gurkha
First recorded in 1805–15
Words nearby Gurkha
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How to use Gurkha in a sentence
Not even a Gurkha or a Hindu can now travel in Tibet without especial permission.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 2 (of 2)|Sven Hedin
Its duty was to go forward and make connection with the Scotch and Gurkha troops with which it was brigaded.
The Gurkha rear-companies tripped and blundered over loose stones.
There were a thousand dusky natives hemming in but fifty Gurkha soldiers and one British officer.
"A force of Gurkha soldiers held up in the hills, sir," he told Joe.
British Dictionary definitions for Gurkha
/ (ˈɡʊəkɑː, ˈɡɜːkə) /
noun plural -khas or -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
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