Gurkha

noun
Gur·kha | \ ˈgu̇r-kə , ˈgər- \

Definition of Gurkha 

: a soldier from Nepal in the British or Indian army

First Known Use of Gurkha

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Gurkha

Ghurka, member of a Rajput clan who dominated Nepal in the 18th century

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The first known use of Gurkha was in 1811

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