Origin of medina

First recorded in 1905–10, medina is from the Arabic word madīna city


[muh-dee-nuh for 1; muh-dahy-nuh for 2]
  1. a city in W Saudi Arabia, where Muhammad was first accepted as the supreme Prophet from Allah and where his tomb is located.
  2. a town in N Ohio. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of medina

Historical Examples of medina

  • Four thousand Mussulmans were killed, and two thousand returned to Medina.

    Les Parsis

    D. Menant

  • The result of these proceedings was that Mahomet advised his followers to go to Medina.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • Mahomet's first care on reaching Medina was to organise the service of the faith.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • Sunday was the 28th: and on that morning it became evident that Medina meant mischief.

    Clare Avery

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • I have seen at Medina and Tayi, locust shops, where they are sold by measure.

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

British Dictionary definitions for medina


  1. (sometimes capital) the ancient quarter of any of various North African citiesCompare kasbah

Word Origin for medina

C20: Arabic, literally: town


  1. a city in W Saudi Arabia: the second most holy city of Islam (after Mecca), with the tomb of Mohammed; university (1960). Pop: 1 044 000 (2005 est)Arabic name: Al Madinah Ancient Arabic name: Yathrib
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