Main definitions of hijra in English

: hijra1Hijra2

hijra1

noun

  • 1(in South Asia) a person whose birth sex is male but who identifies as female or as neither male nor female.

    • ‘In India I spent some time studying the hijras, a defined group of men who live as women.’
    • ‘This tradition is reflected today among hijras in India and as well as in cultures in other parts of the world.’
    • ‘If one boy wanted to taunt another, all he had to do was clap-clap, pause, and the message was clear: ‘You are nothing but a hijra.’’
    • ‘For the thousands of hijras who throng Koovakam dressed as brides for Aravan, theirs is a martyr's role.’
    • ‘I'll drive relishing the solitude; and there are lots of hijras in Jaisalmer.’
    1. 1.1historical A eunuch.

Origin

Hindi, literally ‘eunuch’.

Pronunciation

hijra

/ˈhɪdʒrə/

Main definitions of hijra in English

: hijra1Hijra2

Hijra2

noun

Pronunciation

Hijra

/ˈhɪdʒrə/