Gur·​kha ˈgu̇r-kə How to pronounce Gurkha (audio) ˈgər- How to pronounce Gurkha (audio)
: a soldier from Nepal in the British or Indian army

Examples of Gurkha in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Former Gurkha Hari Budha Magar, who lost both his legs in combat in Afghanistan in 2010, sued, and Nepal’s Supreme Court overturned the ban in 2018. Alan Arnette, Outside Online, 18 Apr. 2023 Head Chef Joe Allen, whose wife is Nepalese and father-in-law who’s a Gurkha, travelled extensively across Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara immersing himself in the culture and sampling delicacies. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 Thirteen years ago, Hari Budha Magar lost both his legs while serving in the Gurkha regiment of the British Army, but that didn’t prevent him from standing on top of the world. USA TODAY, 15 June 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Gurkha was in 1811

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Cite this Entry

“Gurkha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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