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 mə-ˈdē-nə (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 mə-ˈdī-nə (audio) \ city in northern Ohio west-northwest of Akron population 26,678

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This autumn, in those same ancient medina walls, attendees will hear a menagerie of talent slay the turntables. Nicolas Stecher, Billboard, "MOGA Festival Returning to 'Game of Thrones' Red City, Drops Lineup With Kenny Dope, Blondish & More," 7 Aug. 2019 The garden — also rich in watery pools and jumbo succulents in bright pots — still bewitches with its far-from-the-dusty medina vibe. Jennifer Barger, Washington Post, "In Marrakesh, a secret garden to rival St. Laurent’s famed Jardin Majorelle," 1 Aug. 2019 Marrakech, Fès, Tangier—which are justifiably famous for their mazelike medinas and carpet-haggling opportunities. Rachel Monroe, Outside Online, "Last winter, Moroccan officials found two hikers dead on the trail to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. The international investigation that followed revealed the fragility of the adventure travel economy, as well as what happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence.," 29 July 2019 In the old medina, tight rows of vendors sell meat and spices and carpets. National Geographic, "Music in Morocco: The ultimate sonic journey," 23 July 2019 The 27-room Villa des Orangers, the former home of a Moroccan judge, has the serene atmosphere of a riad but is larger and accessible by car, a rarity in the medina ( Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Tips & Tactics: Morocco," 30 Mar. 2015 The couple met in Marrakech in the mid-aughts when Fred, originally from Paris, was overseeing a riad in the medina and Rosena was starting up Boutique Souk. Gisela Williams, ELLE Decor, "A Marrakech Home is Transformed with a Modern New Layout Made for Entertaining," 18 Mar. 2019 On a rainy day men wore winter-weight burnooses with the large hoods drawn up—enigmatic Jedi-like figures in the medina's alleyways. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "T&C Travel: Best of Morocco," 30 Mar. 2015 The rocker is known to have spent part of his time at a beachside hotel next to Essaouira’s old medina. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "Jimi Hendrix’s ‘experience’ in Morocco made my own more powerful," 15 Oct. 2018

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1906, in the meaning defined above

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Arabic madīna city

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