Main meanings of hijra in English

: hijra1Hijra2

hijra1

Pronunciation /ˈhɪdʒrə/

noun

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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘This tradition is reflected today among hijras in India and as well as in cultures in other parts of the world.’
    • ‘In India I spent some time studying the hijras, a defined group of men who live as women.’
    1. 1.1historical A eunuch.

Origin

Hindi, literally ‘eunuch’.

Main meanings of Hijra in English

: hijra1Hijra2

Hijra2

Pronunciation /ˈhɪdʒrə/

noun