hijra


noun (in South Asia, especially India)

  1. a person whose gender identity is neither male nor female, typically a person who was born male and dresses as a woman.
  2. a person who is transgender or is transitioning to another gender.

noun (sometimes lowercase) Islam.

  1. the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina to escape persecution a.d. 622: regarded as the beginning of the Muslim Era.
  2. the Muslim Era itself.

noun

  1. (in India) a person who adopts a gender role that is neither male nor female
n.

also hijrah, the more correct form of hegira.

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