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A city of western Saudi Arabia near the coast of the Red Sea. The birthplace of Muhammad, it is the holiest city of Islam and a pilgrimage site for devout Muslims.

Mec′can adj. & n.


a. A place that is regarded as the center of an activity or interest.
b. A goal to which adherents of a religious faith or practice fervently aspire.
2. A place visited by many people: a mecca for tourists.

[After Mecca (from its being a place of pilgrimage).]


(ˈmɛkə) or


1. (Placename) 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
2. (sometimes not capital) a place that attracts many visitors: Athens is a Mecca for tourists.


(ˈmɛk ə)

1. a city in W Saudi Arabia: birthplace of Muhammad; spiritual center of Islam. 550,000.
2. (often l.c.) a place that attracts many people with interests in common.
Mec′can, adj., n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Mecca - joint capital (with Riyadh) of Saudi ArabiaMecca - joint capital (with Riyadh) of Saudi Arabia; located in western Saudi Arabia; as the birthplace of Muhammad it is the holiest city of Islam
Caaba, Kaaba - (Islam) a black stone building in Mecca that is shaped like a cube and that is the most sacred Muslim pilgrim shrine; believed to have been given by Gabriel to Abraham; Muslims turn in its direction when praying
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia - an absolute monarchy occupying most of the Arabian Peninsula in southwest Asia; vast oil reserves dominate the economy
Hedjaz, Hejaz, Hijaz - a coastal region of the western Arabian Peninsula bordering on the Red Sea; includes both Mecca and Medina; formerly an independent kingdom until it united with Nejd to form the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2.mecca - a place that attracts many visitors; "New York is a mecca for young artists"
place, spot, topographic point - a point located with respect to surface features of some region; "this is a nice place for a picnic"; "a bright spot on a planet"
La MecqueMecque (la)
thánh đường Mecca


[ˈmekə] NLa Meca (fig) a Mecca for touristsuna de las mecas del turismo


[ˈmɛkə] n
(= city) → la Mecque
to be a Mecca for → être la Mecque de
to be a tourist mecca, to be a mecca for tourists → être un eldorado touristique
Thailand has become the tourist mecca of Asia → La Thaïlande est devenue l'eldorado touristique de l'Asie.


n (lit, fig)Mekka nt


[ˈmɛkə] nLa Mecca
it has become a Mecca for tourists (fig) → è diventato la mecca dei turisti


مَكّةُ Mekka Mekka Mekka Μέκκα Meca Mekka Mecque (la) Meka Mecca メッカ 메카 Mekka Mekka Mekka Meca Мекка Mecka กรุงเมกกะ Mekke thánh đường Mecca 麦加
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Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has expanded its Invision interactive television service to nine more cities including Makkah Al Mukkaramah, Al Madinah Al Munawarrah, Abha, Buraidah, Onaiza, Jizan, Taif, Jubail and Al Ihsaa.