lakh

noun
\ ˈläk How to pronounce lakh (audio) , ˈlak How to pronounce lakh (audio) \

Definition of lakh

1 : one hundred thousand 50 lakhs of rupees
2 : a great number

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Other Words from lakh

lakh adjective

Examples of lakh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In India, a soldier with one year of experience earns around Rs4.5 lakh annually. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, "India’s military is one of the strongest in the world—but its soldiers are among the worst paid," 22 Mar. 2021 The sale also assumes significance, given that divestment proceeds in the current financial year are expected to drastically fall short of the government’s ambitious Rs2.1 lakh crore target. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Will the Modi government manage to sell Air India this time?," 21 Dec. 2020 There were one lakh -- 100,000 emotions in that moment. Monita Soni, al, "A Christmas story," 14 Dec. 2020 Recognising the pain, Narendra Modi, the prime minister, on May 12th pledged an almost mythical-sounding 20 lakh crore rupees of fresh government spending, equivalent to $265bn or 10% of GDP, to reignite growth. The Economist, "Lockdown and out India’s economy has suffered even more than most," 23 May 2020 Valued at $1 billion, the segment is slated to grow to Rs1.03 lakh crore ($14.6 billion) by 2023—and that was before the coronavirus outbreak. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Mukesh Ambani’s Facebook deal should make India’s online grocers nervous," 21 Apr. 2020 The central bank’s latest measures come a day after finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a Rs1.7 lakh crore ($23 billion) package to help the poor and marginalised live through the crisis. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "India’s central bank slashes rates and eases loan repayments to battle Covid-19," 26 Mar. 2020 Kashmir has lost some Rs1.78 lakh crore ($25 billion) in economic output in the five months since August 2019, according to an estimate by The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCC&I). Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "Kashmir’s internet gag has sparked a major exodus of businesses and students," 17 Feb. 2020 The sale also assumes significance, given that divestment proceeds in the current financial year are expected to fall short of the government’s ambitious Rs1.05 lakh crore ($15 billion) target. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "The Modi government’s second attempt to sell off Air India may be mistimed—again," 13 Jan. 2020

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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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Last Updated

28 Mar 2021

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“Lakh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lakh. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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