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 (hĭ-jī′rə, hĕj′ər-ə)
Variant of hegira.
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(Islam) a variant spelling of Hegira
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(hɪˈdʒaɪ rə, ˈhɛdʒ ər ə)

n., pl. -ras.
1. (sometimes l.c.) Hijra.
2. (l.c.)

Also, hejira.

any flight or journey to a more desirable or congenial place.
[1590–1600; < Medieval Latin < Arabic; see Hijra]
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1. An Arabic word meaning emigration or flight, used to refer to any flight from danger but especially the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622.
2. Muhammad’s escape from Mecca to Medina in AD 622.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hejira - the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 which marked the beginning of the Muslim era; the Muslim calendar begins in that year
2.hejira - a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environmenthejira - a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment
escape, flight - the act of escaping physically; "he made his escape from the mental hospital"; "the canary escaped from its cage"; "his flight was an indication of his guilt"
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Imagine your "Kind of Blue," "A Love Supreme," "Badmotorfinger," "Hejira" and "The Royal Scam" neatly stacked, with either spine or cover exposed for easy perusing and arranged alphabetically or (in the case of the lead bloke in Nick Hornby's High Fidelity) biographically.
(25) Also spelt Hejira or Hijra, it means the 622 CE flight or emigration of Prophet Mohammad from Mecca to Medina to escape persecution or death.
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