Definition of khalsa
1 : the exchequer of an Indian state
2 usually capitalized : a militant theocracy arising in the late 17th century and continuing today as one of the significant divisions of the Sikhs — compare nanakpanthi
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of khalsa
Hindi ḵẖāliṣa, ḵẖālṣa pure, genuine, from Persian, from Arabic khālisah
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up khalsa? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).