or haj, hadj
- the pilgrimage to Mecca, which every adult Muslim is supposed to make at least once in his or her lifetime: the fifth of the Pillars of Islam.
Origin of hajj
First recorded in 1665–75, hajj is from the Arabic word ḥajj pilgrimage
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Examples from the Web for hadj
Hadj started as if he had been stung, and looked at Domini as if he would like to strangle her.
Batouch laughed softly, and Hadj uttered a word below his breath.
"Hadj is nearly dead with fear," whispered Batouch, complacently.
Among them were the servants who had accompanied them upon their desert journey, and Hadj.
Hadj's face fell, and he showed his pointed teeth in a snarl.
- a variant spelling of hajj
- the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim is required to make at least once in his life, provided he has enough money and the health to do so
from Arabic hajj pilgrimage
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Word Origin and History for hadj
"pilgrimage to Mecca," from Arabic hajj "pilgrimage," from hajja "he went on a pilgrimage." Related to Hebrew haghagh "he made a pilgrimage, celebrated a feast," hagh "a gathering." One who has made it is a hajji.
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