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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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 The Legation building, in the heart of the city’s ancient medina, was gifted to the States by Sultan Moulay Sulemin in 1821 and housed the legation and consulate for 140 years. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "An Exhibition in Tangier Pays Tribute to Design World Darling Charles Sevigny," 3 Aug. 2018 Afterwards, explore the medina in the imperial city of Rabat, home to one of the world’s greatest archeological museums. ... Jim Farber, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Summer Music Festivals of 2018," 8 May 2018 Despite its cosmopolitan community (and an increasingly affluent local population) the medina has managed to retain its character. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "The Exotic—and Chaotic—Medina of Marrakesh Lures Home Buyers," 2 May 2018 But some surprising hits are hidden in the medina, and hotels are upping their offers, too, with sophisticated, damn-that’s-legit dining rooms like Mes’Lalla at the Mandarin Oriental. Condé Nast Traveler, "Beyond the Basics: Morocco," 6 Mar. 2018 Bab Boujloud The Bab Boujloud is the ornate, Mauresque-Andalusian-style gate that marks the main western entrance to the medina. Lindsay Cohn, ELLE Decor, "Why Every Culture Aficionado Needs to Visit Fez, Morocco," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of medina


1906, in the meaning defined above

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Arabic madīna city

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