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Hegira

[hi-jahy-ruh, hej-er-uh] /hɪˈdʒaɪ rə, ˈhɛdʒ ər ə/
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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British Dictionary definitions for Hegira

Hegira

/ˈhɛdʒɪrə/
noun
1.
the departure of Mohammed from Mecca to Medina in 622 ad; the starting point of the Muslim era
2.
the Muslim era itself See also AH
3.
(often not capital) an emigration escape or flight
Also called Hijrah
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic hijrah emigration or flight
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Word Origin and History for Hegira

hegira

n.

1580s, the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina (July 16, 622 C.E.), from which event the Islamic calendar reckons, from Medieval Latin hegira, from Arabic hijrah "departure," from hajara "to depart."

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