mecca

noun, often capitalized
mec·​ca | \ ˈme-kə How to pronounce mecca (audio) \

Definition of mecca

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a place regarded as a center for a specified group, activity, or interest a mecca for shoppers

Mecca

geographical name
Mec·​ca | \ ˈme-kə How to pronounce Mecca (audio) \
variants: or Arabic Makkah \ ˈmä-​kə How to pronounce Makkah (audio) \

Definition of Mecca (Entry 2 of 2)

holy city in western Saudi Arabia population 1,294,106

Note: Mecca is the chief pilgrimage destination for Muslims and the capital of Hejaz.

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Other Words from mecca

Geographical name

Meccan \ ˈme-​kən How to pronounce Meccan (audio) \ adjective or noun

The Figurative Use of Mecca

Mecca is one of a number of place names which have taken on figurative meanings over time. This city in Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Muhammad and the site which Muslims must attempt to visit on a pilgrimage; from its role as a religious destination Mecca began to be used in the early 19th century (sometimes capitalized, and sometimes not) in a non-religious sense. Other locations (some of which are fictional) that have taken on this kind of extended meaning are Eden, Camelot, and Wall Street.

Examples of mecca in a Sentence

Noun

The valley is a mecca for wine lovers. The town has become a mecca for tourists.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At the time the picture was taken, Times Square had not yet become the tourist mecca some now disparagingly liken to Disneyland. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Beauty queen, journalist, pioneer. The many faces of Trump accuser E. Jean Carroll.," 24 June 2019 Denver is a mecca for outdoor activity and that certainly rings true for mountain biking. Heather Balogh Rochfort, The Know, "Mountain biking trails that’ll get you home in time for dinner," 13 June 2019 Lately, the posh banking and diplomacy hub seems to be morphing into an alternative music mecca. Jharna Thakkar, National Geographic, "Geneva's hidden gems: the ultimate weekend itinerary," 30 May 2019 Whidbey, Washington Just north of Seattle, the 55-mile long Whidbey Island is an outdoorsy mecca, dotted with small towns and crisscrossed by hiking trails, surrounded by the clear, clean waters of Puget Sound. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 29 May 2019 Perfumania Save on all kinds of fragrances, scented body washes, and lotions at this olfactory mecca. Glamour, "The Best Memorial Day 2019 Beauty Sales to Shop This Weekend," 24 May 2019 Weary travelers see the stores as friendly and convenient, modern meccas for the nation's transient, mobile culture. J.d. Gallop, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Nearly half a dozen people have died in Walmart parking lots in Brevard County since 2015," 24 June 2018 The pop-up makeup mecca is located in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA and the aesthetic is alien glam – like, if ET were a beauty blogger. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kim Kardashian is Opening a KKW Beauty Store Today and the Photos Are UNREAL," 4 Dec. 2018 The studio has become a bit of a mecca for riders who don’t live in NYC. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Peloton’s $2,000 stationary bike has totally disrupted working out at home," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of mecca

Noun

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mecca

Noun

Mecca, Saudi Arabia, a destination of pilgrims in the Islamic world

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mecca

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mecca

: a city in Saudi Arabia that was the birthplace of Muhammad and is the holiest city of Islam
: a place that attracts many people

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