One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in West Africa) a Muslim who has been to Mecca as a pilgrim (often used as a title).
- ‘Everyone is welcomed to seek equity as in justice - devils, angels, vagabonds, pastors, alhajis, police, soldiers, prostitutes, etc.’
- ‘Nigeria probably had the highest density of prophets, apostles, bishops, mullahs, alhajis and sheiks in the whole world.’
- ‘To keep a date with young and willing ladies of the night waiting patiently in furnished apartments rented by alhajis.’
- ‘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.’
Hausa, from Arabic al ‘the’ + hājī ‘pilgrim’.
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