One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural alhajis, Feminine alhaja
(in West Africa) a Muslim who has been to Mecca as a pilgrim (often used as a title).
- ‘Nigeria probably had the highest density of prophets, apostles, bishops, mullahs, alhajis and sheiks in the whole world.’
- ‘Everyone is welcomed to seek equity as in justice - devils, angels, vagabonds, pastors, alhajis, police, soldiers, prostitutes, etc.’
- ‘The few villages where rich individuals (alhajis) had tried to introduce and dominate PPP groups were later abandoned when the problems of domination became too obvious.’
- ‘To keep a date with young and willing ladies of the night waiting patiently in furnished apartments rented by alhajis.’
Hausa, from Arabic al ‘the’ + hājī ‘pilgrim’.
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