Definition of kukri in English:



  • A curved knife broadening towards the point, used by Gurkhas.

    • ‘Every year we received a polite note ‘for the record’ asking us to disarm our Gurkhas (they carried kukris) so as not to alarm the populace.’
    • ‘And who can forget Jatayu in his film Sonar Kella brandishing a kukri?’
    • ‘On her ankle was a slight bulge where she kept a kukri hidden.’
    • ‘The kukri is a traditional Nepalese large knife, which is carried by Gurkha soldiers.’
    • ‘He was about to cut his finger on the kukri he kept on his desk for the blood needed in the spell when he noticed something.’


Early 19th century: from Nepali khukuri.