Definition of Hegira noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also Hejira) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈhedʒɪrə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhedʒɪrə//
    ; BrE BrE//hɪˈdʒaɪrə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɪˈdʒaɪrə//
    (also Hijra) [singular]
    jump to other results
  1. 1(also the Hegira) the occasion when Muhammad left Mecca to go to Medina in AD 622
  2. 2the period which began at this time; the Muslim era
  3. Word Originvia medieval Latin from Arabic hijra ‘departure’, from hajara ‘emigrate’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Hegira