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[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.
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Origin of Gurkha

First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for gurkha

Historical Examples of gurkha

  • On parade were the 5th, 6th and 10th Gurkha Battalions with the 14th Sikhs.

    Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2

    Ian Hamilton

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for 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


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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