[ 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 hijrah (1 of 2)


/ (ˈhɪdʒrə) /


a variant of Hegira

British Dictionary definitions for hijrah (2 of 2)


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(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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Word Origin and History for hijrah



also hijrah, the more correct form of hegira.

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