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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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FORMER Gurkhas are being taken on as UK aid workers to deliver fresh water in their earthquakehit homeland of Nepal.
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About 400 former and serving soldiers from the current Brigade of Gurkhas heard glowing tributes to the fallen, who were described as "the most wonderfully brave and kind people".
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The fund is made up of equal contributions from the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Ministry of Defence and the Gurkhas, will be provided to Aldershot and other areas, which comprise large Gurkha population.
With a modesty typical of Gurkhas, he felt his actions were all in a day's work; doing one's duty.
The Gurkha Welfare Trust is a registered charity established in 1969 for the relief of poverty-stricken Gurkhas.
Kathmandu, April 6 -- In a move that is likely to dash hope of many youths in the Himalayan country to get lucrative government service in foreign country, UK government has announced to slash the British Gurkhas by 700 personnel under its redundancy program to downsize the Brigade of Gurkhas to 2,900 by 2015.