noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Mecca, Saudi Arabia, a destination of pilgrims in the Islamic world Date: 1843 a place regarded as a center for a specified group, activity, or interest <
a vacation mecca
a mecca for shoppers

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  • Mecca — • The birthplace of Mohammed and the seat of the famous Kaaba, it was celebrated even in pre Islamic times as the chief sanctuary of the Arabs, and visited by numerous pilgrims and devotees Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Mecca      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • mecca — mec‧ca [ˈmekə] noun [countable] a place that is very popular for a particular reason, attracting a lot of people to go there: mecca for • Georgetown has become a mecca for jobseekers. • The city is being promoted as a shopping mecca. * * * mecca… …   Financial and business terms

  • Mecca — Mecca, CA U.S. Census Designated Place in California Population (2000): 5402 Housing Units (2000): 1059 Land area (2000): 1.296340 sq. miles (3.357505 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.296340 sq …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • mecca — / mɛk:a/ (o Mecca) s.f. [dal nome della città araba Makka, patria di Maometto e luogo santo dell islamismo], solo al sing. [luogo di particolare richiamo, ritenuto ideale per soddisfare speranze, desideri di ricchezza e sim.: trovare la m. ]… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • Mecca — a city in Saudi Arabia where the prophet ↑Muhammad was born. It is the holiest city of Islam. People who are not Muslims are not allowed to go there, but every Muslim must try to make a ↑pilgrimage (=religious journey) to Mecca once in their… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Mecca — ► NOUN ▪ a place which attracts many people of a particular group or with a particular interest. ORIGIN from the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the holiest city for Muslims …   English terms dictionary

  • Mecca — Mecca, s. Mekka …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • MECCA — Maximini Senioris, ex Ababa, pater; fuit autem is Gothus, haec Alana. Vide Capitolin. in Maximinis c. 1 …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Mecca — Arabic Makkah, sacred city of Islam, birthplace of Muhammad, which every Muslim must visit at least once. Origins have been proposed in Phoenician maqaq ruined or Arabic mahrab sanctuary. Figurative sense of any place one holds supremely sacred… …   Etymology dictionary

  • mecca — [n] center, goal aim, capital, destination, focal point, focus, heart, hub, nerve center, objective, purpose; concepts 435,438,507,659 …   New thesaurus

  • Mecca — Mecca1 [mek′ə] n. [after MECCA2] [often m ] 1. any place visited by many people 2. any place that one yearns to go to 3. any goal that one is seeking to achieve Meccan adj., n. Mecca2 [mek′ə] city in W Saudi Arabia, near …   English World dictionary

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