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Definitions for gurkha
ˈgɜr kə, ˈgʊər-gurkha

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  1. Gurkhanoun

    a member of the Nepalese force that has been part of the British army for 200 years; known for fierceness in combat

  2. Gurkhanoun

    a member of Hindu people descended from brahmins and Rajputs who live in Nepal


  1. Gurkhanoun

    A member of the dominant ethnic group in Nepal, with a Himalayan diaspora

  2. Gurkhanoun

    A member of this people recruited to serve in their own elite units in the British and Indian army

  3. Gurkhaadjective

    referring or belonging to the Gurkha people

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

  4. Gurkhaadjective

    referring or belonging to a/the Gurkha soldier/units

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


  1. Gurkha

    The Gurkhas or Gorkhas (), with endonym Gorkhali [ɡorkʰali]), are soldiers native to the Indian Subcontinent, chiefly residing within Nepal and some parts of Northeast India.The Gurkha units are composed of Nepalis and Nepali-Speaking Indian People and are recruited for the Nepali Army (96,000), Indian Army (42,000), British Army (4,010), Gurkha Contingent Singapore, Gurkha Reserve Unit Brunei, UN peacekeeping forces and in war zones around the world. Gurkhas are closely associated with the khukuri, a forward-curving knife, and have a reputation for military prowess. Former Indian Army Chief of Staff Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw once stated that: "If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or he is a Gurkha."


  1. gurkha

    A Gurkha is a member of a Nepalese military unit that is known for its bravery and service in the British Army, Indian Army, and Nepalese Army. They are named after the historic Gorkha Kingdom in Nepal from where they originated. The term can also refer to someone belonging to several indigenous ethnic groups in Nepal. They are renowned for their loyalty, resilience, and exceptional combat skills.


  1. Gurkha

    The Gurkhas are military units in the British or the Indian army enlisted in Nepal. Although they meet many of the requirements of Article 47 of Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions defining mercenaries, they are exempt under clauses 47&, as is the French Foreign Legion. Gurkha units are closely associated with the khukuri, a forward-curving Nepalese knife. Former Chief of Staff of the Indian Army, Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, once famously said about Gurkhas: "If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha."

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gurkha in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gurkha in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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