variants or less commonly hadj
: the pilgrimage to Mecca prescribed as a religious duty for Muslims

Examples of hajj in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And not just by the annual pilgrimages to Mecca for hajj, itself a multibillion-dollar industry. Melvin Backman, Quartz, 22 Mar. 2024 The Saudis—given their experience in handling the very large numbers that come into the kingdom for the hajj and for whom shelter is often provided—can certainly be helpful in this effort. Dennis Ross, Foreign Affairs, 13 Mar. 2024 Much of Saudia’s current services are already geared toward the multibillion-dollar hajj tourism industry based in nearby Mecca. Melvin Backman, Quartz, 28 Feb. 2024 Visitors can read about the five pillars of Islam — the profession of faith, prayer, almsgiving, fasting and hajj or pilgrimage — or learn about hajj rituals and different funerary practices in the Islamic world. Luis Andres Henao, ajc, 17 Dec. 2022 This year, 60,000 vaccinated Saudi citizens or residents of Saudi Arabia have been allowed to perform the hajj, preventing Muslims from other countries from fulfilling the Islamic obligation. Mariam Fam, ajc, 20 July 2021 Eid al Adha commemorates the completion of hajj — a pilgrimage to Mecca and its surrounding sites. Manal Aman, Good Housekeeping, 19 June 2023 The hajj itself is a series of rituals that follow in the footsteps of the prophets Abraham and Ismail. Manal Aman, Good Housekeeping, 19 June 2023 One of the deadliest stampedes in modern history occurred in Saudi Arabia in 2015 during the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2022

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Word History


Arabic ḥajj

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hajj was in 1673

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“Hajj.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hajj. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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variants also hadj
: the pilgrimage to Mecca prescribed as a religious duty for Muslims

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