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lakh

[ lak ]

noun

  1. the sum of 100,000, especially of rupees. The usual punctuation for sums of Indian money above a lakh is with a comma after the number of lakhs: Rs. 30,52,000 (that is, 30 lakhs and 52,000) instead of 3,052,000.
  2. an indefinitely large number.


lakh

/ lɑːk /

noun

  1. (in India and Pakistan) the number 100 000, esp when referring to this sum of rupees


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Word History and Origins

Origin of lakh1

First recorded in 1605–15; from Hindi lākh, ultimately from Sanskrit lakṣa

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lakh1

C17: from Hindi lākh, ultimately from Sanskrit lakshā a sign

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Example Sentences

Three months after it rolled out vaccines, the country hit a grim milestone on April 5 when it recorded over a lakh fresh cases with cases surging in states like Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, and Karnataka among others.

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If your Majesty leaves behind you the lakh and a half demanded by my partner I shall at least say that which is true.

Here was actually a receipt showing that Nur Mahal had given the Feringhi jewels worth a lakh and a half of rupees.

There is a trite saying among the Hindoos, that "a matrimonial alliance could not be completed without uttering a lakh of words."

The Rajah of Jyneghur offered him a lakh of rupees a day as soon as the grand army should enter his district.

If 1000 rupees be required, said the Shah, these persons will ask a pledge in property of a lakh of rupees.

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