me·​di·​na | \ mə-ˈdē-nə How to pronounce medina (audio) \

Definition of medina

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the non-European part of a northern African city


geographical name

Definition of Medina (Entry 2 of 2)

1 \ mə-​ˈdē-​nə How to pronounce Medina (audio) \ or Arabic Al Madīnah \ ˌäl-​mä-​ˈdē-​nə How to pronounce Al Madīnah (audio) \ city in western Saudi Arabia population 1,100,000

Note: Medina is the second most important holy city of Islam.

2 \ mə-​ˈdī-​nə How to pronounce Medina (audio) \ city in northern Ohio west-northwest of Akron population 26,678

Examples of medina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Saad Alami As a few faint rain drops began to fall in the courtyard of Riad Mena, a seven-room guesthouse in the Marrakesh medina, the hotelier Philomena Schurer Merckoll looked skyward, assessing the likelihood of a downpour. Paula Hardy, New York Times, "A Vibrant Celebration of Moroccan Design," 8 May 2020 Kaddour El Miny used to sell water to shoppers in the medina. Houston Chronicle, "AP PHOTOS: Virus haunts the destitute living on the margins," 7 Apr. 2020 Located in the middle of the old medina, Dar el Bacha was once a private palace, built by the Pasha of Marrakech in the 1910s. Rachel King, Fortune, "Where you should eat, visit, and stay in Marrakech," 6 Mar. 2020 Keep Up in the Kasbah Walk through the medina and up towards the Kasbah, the walled fortress of the city. Michelle Stansbury, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Tangier, Morocco," 20 Mar. 2020 The book’s 800 illustrations reveal similarities between sinuous walls along Japanese gardens and Libyan medina alleyways, and kindred-spirited caretakers at work on New Mexican pueblos and colorful earthen homes in Burkina Faso. New York Times, "These Books Move Heaven and Earth," 12 Mar. 2020 This is a popular spa in the medina, so book ahead. Starlight Williams, National Geographic, "Finding the perfect soak in Marrakech," 7 Aug. 2019 An unmarked black door on the fringes of Tunis's medina marks the entrance to photographer Sabri Ben Mlouka's lair. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "From Food to Fashion, Tunis Is Having a Cultural Renaissance," 5 Feb. 2020 It will be held at the Extension office, 120 W. Washington St., Suite 11, medina. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Photo stirs up pleasant memories of great kids: Whit & Whimsey," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of medina


1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for medina


Arabic madīna city

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“Medina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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