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

Definition of mecca

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

Examples of mecca in a Sentence

The valley is a mecca for wine lovers. The town has become a mecca for tourists.
Recent Examples on the Web Because there was so little television exposure in those days, and because the Eastern seaboard was considered the mecca of the game, not everyone knew of Russell’s potential. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 July 2022 Chicago was the mecca in the ’80s, and then London, thanks to Pete Tong, was getting all of the imports from Chicago. Katie Bain, Billboard, 17 June 2022 In Chicago — a mecca of music, food, drink, crafts, art, dance — its 2022 outdoor merrymaking has shifted into mega-high gear. Laura Manske, Forbes, 5 June 2022 When international track and field officials wanted to place their world championships in the U.S. for the first time, the running mecca that embedded Nike into American culture was the easy choice. San Francisco Chronicle, 25 July 2022 While the six-year delay has been frustrating, Vara said a silver lining has been the evolution of Barrio Logan from an area struggling with homelessness to a hipster mecca known for trendy restaurants and eclectic nightlife. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 July 2022 Yip starts competing Thursday in round one of the U.S. Junior Championship at the same venue in St. Louis, the mecca of chess and her favorite city to play. Toyloy Brown Iii, USA TODAY, 7 July 2022 New York City proved to be Wolff’s mecca for studying professional musicians with upper extremity pain — particularly violinists, violists, pianists, keyboard players and guitarists. Susan Wagner, NBC News, 5 July 2022 Roebuck had moved from one musical mecca to another. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mecca

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mecca

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

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10 Aug 2022

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“Mecca.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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Mecca geographical name

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

Definition of Mecca

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

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

Other Words from mecca

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

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