from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A flight to escape danger.
- n. The flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 A.D., marking the beginning of the Muslim era.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A journey taken to escape from danger; an exodus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The flight of Mohammed from Mecca, September 13, a. d. 622 (subsequently established as the first year of the Moslem era); hence, any flight or exodus regarded as like that of Mohammed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See hejira.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment
- n. 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
While keeping the above definitions in mind---I want to provide some more background--As my previous posts indicated--the muslims of Mecca had been persecuted in Mecca and they eventually fled to Medina--the event is called the hegira and the start Year one of the muslim calender.
Kahlil started in again on his epic, the hegira that had brought him from Lebanon to Egypt and Italy and Spain via the ports and the jails.
Yet, palpitating and real, shimmering in the sun-flashed dust of ten thousand hoofs, she saw pass, from East to West, across a continent, the great hegira of the land-hungry
Before we embarked on our hegira, I had given niece Felice the assignment of researching Elvis' life and extreme death.
Their good-riddances competed with one tape that played over and over and over for the entire journey, a new album by the Grateful Dead that had become the leitmotif of their hippie hegira.
The childrens 'headlong hegira for the door was immediate except for Speranz, who missed a precious couple of seconds in slow comprehension.
The piece tracked the hegira back to the city by sophisticated urbanites who left their McMansions to return to Tribeca (rhymes with "Mecca").
This, to borrow a name from the most memorable instance of outward change marking inward revolution, was the decisive hegira, from which the philosophy of destruction in a formal shape may be held seriously to date.
The Mahometans have no certain chronology before their hegira.
Rather than spark a wholesale hegira back to the central city, big gas and electricity bills are more likely to produce a bracing new era of innovation in suburban and even exurban life.