or He·djaz, He·jaz
- a region in Saudi Arabia bordering on the Red Sea, formerly an independent kingdom: contains the Islamic holy cities of Medina and Mecca. About 150,000 sq. mi. (388,500 sq. km). Capital: Mecca.
Examples from the Web for mecca
Mrs. Kouachi works at a nursery and has worn the veil since she made the pilgrimage to Mecca in 2008.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
And an arrow painted on the ground that shows the way to Mecca, for prayers.9/11 Mastermind Is Afraid of the Ladies
December 16, 2014
The city became a Mecca for hordes of hipsters and creative types as well as young people seeking their fortune in finance.Eric Garner Was Just a Number to Them
December 5, 2014
The subject is, in fact, Jeff Froth from the rock group Mecca.The Dark Rock Star Fantasy of Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane
September 24, 2014
Since the 13th century, Sunni devotes have been traveling to Chinguetti on their way to Mecca.The Lost Libraries of the Sahara
September 11, 2014
They were the messengers and the troops of the Emir of Mecca.
In Hori I encountered a caravan of pilgrims returning from Mecca.The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ</p>
He was tired of men's ingratitude—he had no heirs—he wanted to go to Mecca and die there.An Outcast of the Islands
It is good for us to come to this Mecca, the heart of our nation.
The "Caaba" is originally a black stone which is kissed or rubbed at Mecca.History of Religion</p>
- a city in W Saudi Arabia, joint capital (with Riyadh) of Saudi Arabia: birthplace of Mohammed; the holiest city of Islam, containing the Kaaba. Pop: 1 529 000 (2005 est)Arabic name: Makkah
- (sometimes not capital) a place that attracts many visitorsAthens is a Mecca for tourists
- a variant spelling of Hejaz
Word Origin and History for mecca
Arabic Makkah, sacred city of Islam, birthplace of Muhammad, which every Muslim must visit at least once. Origins have been proposed in Phoenician maqaq "ruined" or Arabic mahrab "sanctuary." Figurative sense of "any place one holds supremely sacred" (usually with lower-case m-) is in English from 1850. Related: Meccan.