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1. A member of a Rajput ethnic group predominant in Nepal.
2. A member of this people serving in the British or Indian armies.

[Nepalese, from Sanskrit gorakṣaḥ, cowherd : Sanskrit gauḥ, cow; see gwou- in Indo-European roots + Sanskrit rakṣati, he protects.]


(ˈɡʊəkɑː; ˈɡɜːkə)
n, pl -khas or -kha
1. (Peoples) 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. (Military) a member of this people serving as a soldier in the Indian or British army


(ˈgɜr kə, ˈgʊər-)

a Nepalese soldier in the British or Indian army.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Gurkha - a member of the Nepalese force that has been part of the British army for 200 yearsGurkha - a member of the Nepalese force that has been part of the British army for 200 years; known for fierceness in combat
soldier - an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army; "the soldiers stood at attention"
2.Gurkha - a member of Hindu people descended from brahmins and Rajputs who live in Nepal
Nepalese, Nepali - a native or inhabitant of Nepal


[ˈgɜːkə] Ngurkha mf, gurja mf


nGurkha mf
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According to Nepalese veterans of World War II, as many as 3,000 Gurkhas fighting for Britain were taken as POWs by Japanese in Malaysia during the war.
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PENNILESS Gurkhas who fought for Britain are to get much-needed cash from a sponsored trek in Scotland.
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London, Sept 5 (ANI): A Gurkha veteran, Chhatra Rai, has warned that Gurkhas will fight for other nations if their brigade is axed from the British Army, as countries like Australia are ready to hire them.
The Veterans Minister claimed Ms Lumley, who'd spearheaded a campaign which saw the Government throw out rules preventing retired Gurkhas from settling in Britain, had remained silent over the poor advice being given to Gurkhas and that her silence irritated him.
Chitra himself spent 15 years serving with The Gurkhas but has now turned his attention to serving top quality food to local people.
But advocates for the Nepalese soldiers say the new criteria for eligibilty introduced by the government means only 100 Gurkhas would actually qualify for the scheme.
The rules outlined yesterday mean Gurkhas and their families will be allowed to settle in Britain if they meet one of five criteria including having three years' continuous residence in the UK during or after their service; close family in the UK; a bravery award; service of 20 years or more in the Gurkhas; or a chronic or long-term medical condition caused by, or aggravated by, military service.
Hundreds made the change and, from that date, the Gurkhas have fought in every war Britain has been in.
Home Secretary and Redditch MP Jacqui Smith last week caved into public pressure by announcing former Gurkhas with four years service and who retired before 1997 could settle in Britain.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, whose party led the Commons campaign said: "I am absolutely thrilled the Gurkhas have finally been given justice.