[ hij-ruh ]
/ ˈhɪdʒ rə /

noun (in South Asia, especially India)

a person whose gender identity is neither male nor female, typically a person who was born male and dresses as a woman.
a person who is transgender or is transitioning to another gender.

Nearby words

  1. hijack,
  2. hijacker,
  3. hijaz,
  4. hijiki,
  5. hijinks,
  6. hijrah,
  7. hike,
  8. hike out,
  9. hiker,
  10. hikoi

Origin of hijra

< Hindi: eunuch, hermaphrodite


[ hij-ruh ]
/ ˈhɪdʒ rə /

noun (sometimes lowercase) Islam.

the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina to escape persecution a.d. 622: regarded as the beginning of the Muslim Era.
the Muslim Era itself.
Also Hegira, Hij·rah.

Origin of Hijra

From the Arabic word hijrah flight, departure

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/ (ˈhɪdʒrə) /


(in India) a person who adopts a gender role that is neither male nor female

Word Origin for hijra

Urdu: eunuch

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