Gurkha definition

go͝orkə
A member of a Rajput ethnic group predominant in Nepal.
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A member of this people serving in the British or Indian armies.
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A member of a people living in the mountains of Nepal, famous as soldiers.
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A member of the dominant ethnic group in Nepal, with a Himalayan diaspora.
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A member of this people recruited to serve in their own elite units in the British and Indian army.
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Referring or belonging to the Gurkha people.

The Gurkha royal house of Shah united all Nepal under its rule.

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Referring or belonging to a/the Gurkha soldier/units.

In 2009, Gurkha veterans were awarded better terms in the UK.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gurkha
Plural:
gurkhas

Origin of gurkha

  • Nepalese from Sanskrit gorakṭaḥ cowherd Sanskrit gauḥ cow gwou- in Indo-European roots Sanskrit rakṭati he protects

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition