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or haj, hadj

noun, plural hajj·es.
  1. 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.
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Origin of hajj

First recorded in 1665–75, hajj is from the Arabic word ḥajj pilgrimage
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Historical Examples

  • He then set out in company with his father to perform the Hajj.

  • This is called the Wukf or (standing), a necessary part of the Hajj.

  • Persons who are too poor to go on a Jihd or to make the Hajj must be assisted.

  • Retiring backwards, he makes his exit and the Hajj is complete.

  • Let the pilgrimage (Hajj) be made in the months already known.

British Dictionary definitions for hajj



noun plural hajjes or hadjes
  1. 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
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Word Origin

from Arabic hajj pilgrimage
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Word Origin and History for hajj


"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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