Definitions

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  • n. Alternative capitalization of Hijra
  • n. A member of a third gender found in India and Pakistan.

Etymologies

Arabic هجرة (híjra, "departure, exodus"), referring to Muhammad’s flight from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE; from the verb هجر (hájara, "emigrate, to abandon") (Wiktionary)
From Urdu ہیجڑا (hījṛā) / Hindi हीजड़ा (hījṛā). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • i had taken my american friend dr losack md the furious physician, but the building was being repaired and my friend hijra guru zeenath was not around..hijra gully no 1 visit it once before you close your eyes..

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  • Becoming a hijra is a process of socialization into a “hijra family” through a relationship characterised as chela “student” to guru “teacher”, leading to a gradual assumption of femininity.

    The Hijras « bollywoods most wanted photographerno1

  • The word hijra combines a range of sexual identities -- gay crossdressers, hermaphradites -- who identify as female, and male-to-female transgendered individuals.

    Sanjeev Bery: Lack of Coverage on Transgendered Pakistanis Shows Bias in US Media

  • The word hijra is an Urdu word meaning eunuch or hermaphrodite.

    The Hijra Subculture: India's Transvestites

  • (This migration, known in Islam as the hijra, is considered to mark the birth of an independent Islamic community, and 622 is thus the first year of the Islamic calendar.)

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  • If it is a hijra, which is extremely rare, then they would go to any length to recruit him/her in their group.

    The Hijras « bollywoods most wanted photographerno1

  • A world without hijras would suck, hijras add the quotient of mystery , add color to both the other sexes , born of one aping another ...the hijra is a quest of man for his mother..a strong quest that changes him internally and externally..the hijra is human ebullience , and much more.

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  • Becoming a hijra is a process of socialisation into a "hijra family" through a relationship characterised as chela "student" to guru "teacher", leading to a gradual assumption of femininity.

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  • This event is called the hijra or hegira (the Latin pronunciation of the Arabic word).

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  • man created the hijra from his androgynous soul with an amorphous form, delicate, yet strong, the hijra is a born dancer the best in the world...they have mastered the technique pirouetting their lithe bodies on fire wind or air..

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  • “Outside the hall where the Naz Foundation news conference was held, dozens of young men and women gathered to celebrate, along with a group of hijras, men who dress and act like women who classify themselves as belonging to neither gender.”

    The New York Times, Indian Court Overturns Gay Sex Ban, by Heather Timmons and Hari Kumar, July 2, 2009

    July 2, 2009