[ 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.

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Origin of hijra

< Hindi: eunuch, hermaphrodite

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[ 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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British Dictionary definitions for hijra

/ (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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