Definition of Gurkha noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɡɜːkə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɜːrkə//
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one of a group of people from Nepal who are known as good soldiers. Some Gurkhas are members of a regiment in the British army. Word Originname of a locality, from Sanskrit gorakṣa ‘cowherd’ (from go ‘cow’ + rakṣ- ‘protect’), used as an epithet of their patron deity.