Definition of jirga in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjərɡə/


(In Afghanistan) a tribal council. A grand tribal council (loya jirga) presently has a legislative function in the country.
Example sentences
  • The Pushtun tradition also includes the convening of the tribal council also known as jirga to resolve major issues.
  • After the welcoming ceremony, he spoke at the jirga - the council of elders - which met inside the village mosque.
  • Yesterday, after 36 hours of volatile discussions, a jirga or traditional council, including 100 different groups had reached a fragile agreement.


Mid 19th century: Pashto, 'council, assembly'. Loya jirga is from Pashto, from loya 'great, grand' and jirga.

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Syllabification: jir·ga

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