Hegira Definition

hĭ-jīrə, hĕjər-ə
noun
A trip or journey, esp. one made to escape a dangerous or undesirable situation.
Webster's New World
Muhammad's flight from Mecca to Medina in 622 a.d.: the Muslim era dates from this.
Webster's New World
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pronoun

The emigration of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE to escape persecution.

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Other Word Forms of Hegira

Noun

Singular:
hegira
Plural:
hegiras

Origin of Hegira

  • From Medieval Latin Hejira, from Arabic هجرة (híjra, “departure, exodus”), referring to Muhammad’s flight from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE; from the verb هجر (hájara, “to emigrate, to abandon”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Medieval Latin from Arabic hijra emigration, flight from hajara to depart hgr in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Arabic breaking-off

    From Wiktionary

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