[ hi-jahy-ruh, hej-er-uh ]
/ hɪˈdʒaɪ rə, ˈhɛdʒ ər ə /


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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/ (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
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