Kaʿba

or Ka·ʿbah, Kaʿa·bah

[ kah-buh, kah-uh-buh ]

noun
  1. a small, cubical building in the courtyard of the Great Mosque at Mecca containing a sacred black stone: regarded by Muslims as the House of God and the objective of their pilgrimages.

  2. one of several replicas of this building, sacred to pre-Islamic Arabs.

Origin of Kaʿba

1
First recorded in 1895–1900, Kaʿba is from the Arabic word kaʿbah

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How to use Kaʿba in a sentence

  • The Ka'bah is not the tomb of the Prophet, nor an object to be worshipped, as many Europeans imagine.

    The Life of Mohammad | Etienne Dinet
  • Then, taking his grandson astride on his shoulder, he performed the ritual circuits round the Ka'bah in token of gratitude.

    The Life of Mohammad | Etienne Dinet
  • At that very moment, Mohammad came on the scene and began to perform the ritual circuits round the Ka'bah.

    The Life of Mohammad | Etienne Dinet
  • After partial destruction by fire, the Ka'bah had been badly restored.

    The Life of Mohammad | Etienne Dinet
  • Since it had been deposited in the Ka'bah, it had neither been seen nor touched by anyone.

    The Life of Mohammad | Etienne Dinet