- French Maroc. Spanish Marruecos. a kingdom in NW Africa: formed from a sultanate that was divided into two protectorates (French Morocco and Spanish Morocco) and an international zone. 172,104 sq. mi. (445,749 sq. km). Capital: Rabat.Compare Tangier Zone.
- former name of Marrakesh.
- (lowercase) a fine, pebble-grained leather, originally made in Morocco from goatskin tanned with sumac.
- (lowercase) any leather made in imitation of this.
Examples from the Web for morocco
A city high in the mountains of Morocco remained shut off from the world for almost 500 years.Morocco's Secret All-Blue City
August 28, 2014
We had shot so many months, we were in Morocco, we had all lost 10 pounds.‘The Honorable Woman’ Is Maggie Gyllenhaal's Best Performance Yet
July 31, 2014
The great games (Czechoslovakia—Brazil), the boring games (Uruguay—Israel), and the weird games (Morocco—Bulgaria).Why Americans Should Love the World Cup
June 12, 2014
Filmmaker Diana Whitten trailed Gomperts for seven years, capturing contentious missions to Spain and Morocco.
The most recent mission to the Women on Waves vessel to Morocco, but they were kicked out immediately.
But I must say that Germany had to some extent right on her side in the Morocco dispute.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
Compare the elaborate outlines of some Arab arches at the Alhambra or in Morocco.Portuguese Architecture
Walter Crum Watson
From these he led me on to others of a larger kind in Sardinia, and ultimately in Morocco.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
This is a faithful portrait of the troops of his majesty the King of Morocco.Perils and Captivity
Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
No more complete evidence of the treachery of Morocco could be desired.The Naval History of the United States
Willis J. Abbot.
- a fine soft leather made from goatskins, used for bookbinding, shoes, etc
- (as modifier)morocco leather
- a kingdom in NW Africa, on the Mediterranean and the Atlantic: conquered by the Arabs in about 683, who introduced Islam; at its height under Berber dynasties (11th–13th centuries); became a French protectorate in 1912 and gained independence in 1956. It is mostly mountainous, with the Atlas Mountains in the centre and the Rif range along the Mediterranean coast, with the Sahara in the south and southeast; an important exporter of phosphates. Official language: Arabic; Berber and French are also widely spoken. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: dirham. Capital: Rabat. Pop: 32 649 130 (2013 est). Area: 458 730 sq km (177 117 sq miles)French name: Maroc
Word Origin and History for morocco
"kind of fine flexible leather," 1630s, short for Morocco leather, from Morocco, the country in northwest Africa, where the tanned leather first was made.
country in northwest Africa, from Italian, from Berber Marrakesh (properly the name of the city of Marrakesh), from Arabic Maghrib-al-Aqca "Extreme West." Cf. French Maroc, German Marokko. In English, the first vowel has been altered, apparently by influence of Moor. Related: Moroccan.