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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).]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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.
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|Noun||1.||Mecca - 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
|2.||mecca - a place that attracts many visitors; "New York is a mecca for young artists"|
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La MecqueMecque (la)
thánh đường Mecca
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
(= city) → la Mecque
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n (lit, fig) → Mekka nt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
Mecca[ˈmɛkə] n → La Mecca
it has become a Mecca for tourists (fig) → è diventato la mecca dei turisti
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
Mecca→ 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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