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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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