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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.]
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(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
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(ˈgɜr kə, ˈgʊər-)

a Nepalese soldier in the British or Indian army.
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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
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[ˈgɜːkə] Ngurkha mf, gurja mf
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nGurkha mf
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The construction of 50,000 houses in the Nepalese districts of Gorkha (26,912 beneficiaries) and Nuwakot (23,088 beneficiaries) is being supported by India.
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Summary: New Delhi [India], Oct 10 (ANI): The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued a clarification to the Assam government on the citizenship status of members of the Gorkha Community living in the State as per the Foreigners Act, 1946.
Nepal Army personnel Hari Bahadur Dhakal, 33, of Siranchowk Rural Municipality of Gorkha district and Krishna Bahadur Magar, 26, of Triyuga municipality-9 of Udayapur district were arrested.
THE HILLS in Darjeeling erupted again on Tuesday with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha activists going on the rampage after two of its women's wing supporters were killed in CRPF firing.
Rajan Khanal, Finance Secretary of Nepal towards reimbursement of the first tranche of housing support to 42,086 GoI supported housing beneficiaries in Nuwakot and Gorkha."