mecca

noun, often capitalized
mec·​ca | \ ˈme-kə \

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 \
variants: or Arabic Makkah \ ˈmä-​kə \

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 \ 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

Take note of our list of our fave French products, and then head over to the city's skincare mecca, Citypharma Rue du Four. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Paris Study Abroad: 7 Things to Do That Won’t Take All Your Euros," 12 Oct. 2018 The online mecca is know for slashing its already low prices for the shopping holiday and from the looks of it, 2018 is going to follow suit. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon's 2018 Cyber Monday Deals Are Insanely Good," 26 Nov. 2018 London’s Mayfair is the menswear mecca of the world. Bloomberg, Fortune, "How to Cut the Hotel Room Service Line — And Other Luxury Travel Tips," 12 June 2018 Los Angeles: Dover Street Market Dover Street Market (aka London's multi-brand fashion mecca) will soon be opening its second U.S. location in Los Angeles. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Fall Store Openings We're Excited About," 21 Sep. 2018 But not because this is a fancy, sprawling mecca in the wide-open suburbs. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, "St. Denis Fun Fair: I dare you to say this Havertown tradition, now 50, will ever die. | Maria Panaritis," 4 May 2018 For lovers of quirk, this pastel masterpiece is your mecca. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Whimsical purple Victorian on the market for $1.3M," 3 May 2018 David Strettell of Dashwood Books, the below-ground mecca for art-loving bibliophiles, was tapped to curate Gucci’s new bolthole for bookworms. Vogue, "Backing Print: Gucci Wooster Opens a Bookstore Curated by Dashwood Books," 20 Nov. 2018 Macau is a gambling mecca, with five times more revenue than Las Vegas. Ese Erheriene, WSJ, "Beijing’s Top Official in Macau Dies in a Fall," 21 Oct. 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

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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