Hegira

Hegira

[hi-jahy-ruh, hej-er-uh]
noun
1.
Islam. Hijra.
2.
(lowercase) . Also, hejira. any flight or journey to a more desirable or congenial place.

Origin:
< Medieval Latin < Arabic; see Hijra

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Hegira or Hejira (ˈhɛdʒɪrə)
 
n
1.  the departure of Mohammed from Mecca to Medina in 622 ad; the starting point of the Muslim era
2.  See also AH the Muslim era itself
3.  (often not capital) an emigration escape or flight
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic hijrah emigration or flight]
 
Hejira or Hejira
 
n
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic hijrah emigration or flight]

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hegira
1590, the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina (July 16, 622 C.E.), from which event the Islamic calendar reckons. From Arabic hijrah "departure," from hajara "to depart."
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