or Ka·ʿbah, Kaʿa·bah

[kah-buh, kah-uh-buh]


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

Origin of Kaʿba

First recorded in 1895–1900, Kaʿba is from the Arabic word kaʿbah
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Examples from the Web for kaba

Historical Examples of kaba

  • Cook affirms that these islanders, like the Tahitans, were acquainted with "Kaba."

  • Simeon went on his way, and towards evening reached the oasis of Kaba.


    Peter Rosegger

  • This quatrain recalls one by the Mull.991 Kchk Mrz made the circuit of the kaba towards the end of his life.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • He went to Her on his way from Samarkand to make the circuit of the kaba, was there stopped, and made to remain by Sl.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • The plan was a good one, but Kaba Rega, by having recourse to his old Fabian tactics, again baffled it.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume I

    Demetrius Charles Boulger