[ hi-jahy-ruh, hej-er-uh ]
/ hɪˈdʒaɪ rə, ˈhɛdʒ ər ə /
Save This Word!
Islam. a variant spelling of Hijra.
(lowercase)Also he·ji·ra . any flight or journey to a more desirable or congenial place.
THINGAMABOB OR THINGUMMY: CAN YOU DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE US AND UK TERMS IN THIS QUIZ?
Do you know the difference between everyday US and UK terminology? Test yourself with this quiz on words that differ across the Atlantic.
Question 1 of 7
In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
Origin of Hegira
First recorded in 1590–1600; from Medieval Latin, from Arabic hijrah “emigration, flight, departure,” a derivative of the verb hajara “he departed”
Words nearby Hegira
hegemon, hegemonic, hegemonic masculinity, hegemonism, hegemony, Hegira, hegumen, heh, hehe, he-huckleberry, Heian
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use Hegira in a sentence
One has no recollection of things that happened before the Hegira.The Secret Witness|George Gibbs
The snow-drifts were still deep on the hills when, in the first days of March, we commenced our hegira to the far West.Mary and I|Stephen Return Riggs
The explanation of course was, that he had been brought as an infant on this famous Hegira of the Selkirk Colonists.The Romantic Settlement of Lord Selkirk's Colonists|George Bryce
Then came the hegira, which ended, as all the world knows, at Philadelphia.Benjamin Franklin; Self-Revealed, Volume I (of 2)|Wiliam Cabell Bruce
With this view, and under the modest title of the station of a caravan, he planted this colony in the fiftieth year of the Hegira.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
British Dictionary definitions for Hegira
/ (ˈhɛdʒɪrə) /
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012