\ˈläk, ˈlak \

Definition of lakh 

1 : one hundred thousand 50 lakhs of rupees

2 : a great number

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lakh adjective

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The state government said families of the deceased each will receive 5 lakh Indian rupees ($7,700 US). Swati Gupta And Sugam Pokharel, CNN, "27 killed when school bus in India goes off road," 9 Apr. 2018 The police refused to register a case, and said Sadaf's family should take the 2 lakh rupees (around $2,989) the doctor was offering them to drop it. Jason Overdorf, Newsweek, "India's Rape Crisis Is Worsening, and There Still Isn't a National Registry for Sex Offenders," 28 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of lakh

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lakh

Hindi & Urdu lākh

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