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hijra

[ hij-ruh ]
/ ˈhɪdʒ rə /
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noun (in South Asia, especially India)
a person whose gender identity is neither male nor female, typically a person who was assigned male at birth but whose gender expression is female.
a person who is transgender.
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Origin of hijra

First recorded in 1835–40; from Hindi: “eunuch, hermaphrodite”

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Hijra
[ 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, Hijrah.

Origin of Hijra

From the Arabic word hijrah flight, departure
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British Dictionary definitions for hijra

hijra
/ (ˈhɪdʒrə) /

noun
(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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