Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of a Rajput ethnic group predominant in Nepal.
  • n. A member of this people serving in the British or Indian armies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of the dominant ethnic group in Nepal, with a Himalayan diaspora
  • n. A member of this people recruited to serve in their own elite units in the British and Indian army
  • adj. referring or belonging to the Gurkha people
  • adj. referring or belonging to a/the Gurkha soldier/units

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of the Nepalese force that has been part of the British army for 200 years; known for fierceness in combat
  • n. a member of Hindu people descended from brahmins and Rajputs who live in Nepal

Etymologies

Nepalese, from Sanskrit gorakṣaḥ, cowherd : Sanskrit gauḥ, cow; see gwou- in Indo-European roots + Sanskrit rakṣati, he protects.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Liam Byrne is responsible for the appalling treatment of Mr Tul Bahadur Pun VC, a gurkha hero who was refused permision to enter teh UK as "he had not displayed strong enough ties with the UK" and now another loyal Gurkha, Lance Corporal Rai, who was severely injured in the Falklands has been similarly rebuffed.

    In Praise of Liam Byrne

  • The Gurkha was the 122nd member of British forces to be killed in Afghanistan since the start of operations in October 2001.

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  • Colonial powers used ethnic warriors such as Gurkha, or formed a Foreign Legion as the French did, or kept their special units engaged is such wars as secret as Americans did with the Green Berets.

    Israel At War (Cont'd)

  • The country was frequently called the Gorkha Kingdom, the source of the term "Gurkha" used for Nepali soldiers.

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  • A new kind of Gurkha! "or" They have some Fidalgos left! "and I buy a 5 pack.

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  • Inspector Gadget wrote … I can assure you that Wayne and Tracey on the Swamp are not fit to clean Gurkha boots.

    You Couldn’t Make It Up « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • I would rather have a streetful of Gurkha families than one Wayne and Waynetta menage a trois, quattre, cinq, ad nauseum, wreaking havoc in the community and being a general drain on resources and morale.

    You Couldn’t Make It Up « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • I wouldn ` t put it past them to disband the Gurkha regiments either.

    You Couldn’t Make It Up « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Quite frankly, having met and worked with both groups, I can assure you that Wayne and Tracey on the Swamp are not fit to clean Gurkha boots.

    You Couldn’t Make It Up « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Old Man Stressed has several stories from his time with Jonny Gurkha in Malaya

    You Couldn’t Make It Up « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

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