Hegira

[hi-jahy-ruh, hej-er-uh]

noun

Islam. Hijra.
(lowercase) Also hejira. any flight or journey to a more desirable or congenial place.

Origin of Hegira

< Medieval Latin < Arabic; see Hijra

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Hegira

Hejira

noun

the departure of Mohammed from Mecca to Medina in 622 ad; the starting point of the Muslim era
the Muslim era itselfSee also AH
(often not capital) an emigration escape or flight
Also called: Hijrah

Word Origin for Hegira

C16: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic hijrah emigration or flight

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Word Origin and History for hegira

hegira

n.

1580s, the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina (July 16, 622 C.E.), from which event the Islamic calendar reckons, from Medieval Latin hegira, from Arabic hijrah "departure," from hajara "to depart."

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