Gurkha

[gur-kuh, goo r-]
noun, plural Gur·khas, (especially collectively) Gur·kha.
  1. a member of a Rajput people, Hindu in religion, who achieved dominion over Nepal in the 18th century.
  2. a Nepalese soldier in the British or Indian army.

Origin of Gurkha

First recorded in 1805–15
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Gurkha

noun plural -khas or -kha
  1. 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
  2. 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

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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