mecca

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

Definition of mecca

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

Examples of mecca in a Sentence

  1. The valley is a mecca for wine lovers.

  2. The town has become a mecca for tourists.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of mecca

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


Mecca

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geographical name Mec·ca \ˈme-kə\
variants: or Arabic

Makkah

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Definition of Mecca

  1. holy city in western Saudi Arabia population 1,294,106 Mecca is the chief pilgrimage destination for Muslims and the capital of Hejaz .

Meccan

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MECCA Defined for English Language Learners

mecca

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noun

Definition of mecca for English Language Learners

  • 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

Mecca

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geographical name

Definition of Mecca for English Language Learners

  • : city in Saudi Arabia


MECCA Defined for Kids

Mecca

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geographical name Mec·ca \ˈme-kə\

Definition of Mecca for Students

  1. city W Saudi Arabia containing the Great Mosque of Islam



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