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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Glasgow is fast becoming Britain's undisputed mecca for raving.
▪ Mountain View is becoming a mecca for Internet-related businesses.
▪ Charleston is a treasure chest of period architecture and a mecca for antiques buffs.
▪ It would make California a mecca for shareholder lawsuits.
▪ Los Angeles was a sunny, easygoing mecca for crackpot religions and fantasies endorsed by the movie industry.
▪ Mountain View is becoming a mecca for Internet-related businesses.
▪ Significantly, the on-site Job Placement Center, normally a frenzied mecca for the field, closed a day early.
▪ What has made Lincoln such a mecca for executives throughout the United States who are looking for innovative new approaches to pay?
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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" (usually with lower-case m-) is in English from 1850. Related: Meccan.


n. (alternative form of Mecca English)

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. miles (3.357505 sq. km)
FIPS code: 46660
Located within: California (CA), FIPS 06
Location: 33.573388 N, 116.073536 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Mecca, CA
Mecca, IN -- U.S. town in Indiana
Population (2000): 355
Housing Units (2000): 156
Land area (2000): 0.401527 sq. miles (1.039949 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.401527 sq. miles (1.039949 sq. km)
FIPS code: 48132
Located within: Indiana (IN), FIPS 18
Location: 39.726254 N, 87.331507 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Mecca, IN

Mecca or Makkah ( ) is a city in the Hejaz in Saudi Arabia. It is the capital of that kingdom's Makkah Region. The city is located inland from Jeddah in a narrow valley at a height of above sea level. Its resident population in 2012 was roughly 2 million, although visitors more than triple this number every year during the hajj ("pilgrimage") period held in the twelfth Muslim lunar month of Dhu al-Hijjah.

As the birthplace of Muhammad and the site of Muhammad's first revelation of the Quran (specifically, a cave from Mecca), Mecca is regarded as the holiest city in the religion of Islam and a pilgrimage to it known as the Hajj is obligatory for all able Muslims. Mecca is home to the Kaaba, by majority description Islam's holiest site, as well as being the direction of Muslim prayer. Mecca was long ruled by Muhammad's descendants, the sharifs, acting either as independent rulers or as vassals to larger polities. It was conquered by Ibn Saud in 1925. In its modern period, Mecca has seen tremendous expansion in size and infrastructure, home to structures such as the Abraj Al Bait, also known as the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, the world's third tallest building and the building with the third largest amount of floor area. During this expansion, Mecca has lost some historical structures and archaeological sites, such as the Ajyad Fortress. Today, more than 15 million Muslims visit Mecca annually, including several million during the few days of the Hajj. As a result, Mecca has become one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse cities in the Muslim world, despite the fact that non-Muslims are prohibited from entering the city.

Mecca (musician)

'''The Mecca '''formally Young Mecca, is a St. Lucian Hip Hop/Pop/ EDM artist and songwriter. Growing up on the island of St. Lucia, he was one of the brave to defy norms and to move towards a more urban musical art form despite the dominance of other genres like Soca and Calypso. Part of his early popularity arose from his performances at stage shows opening for regional and international acts.

Mecca (disambiguation)

Mecca (Makkah al-Mukarramah) is a city in Saudi Arabia and the holiest site in Islam.

Mecca or Makkah may also refer to:

  • Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia, the province surrounding the city
  • Mecca, California, a town in Riverside County, California, United States
  • Mecca, Indiana, a town in Parke County, Indiana, United States
  • Mecca, Ohio, an unincorporated community
  • Mecca Township, Trumbull County, Ohio, United States
  • Mecca-Cola, a cola-flavoured carbonated beverage
  • Mecca Ointment, a first aid ointment, available in drug stores across Canada
  • Mecca Leisure Group, a UK entertainment business
    • Mecca Bingo, a UK-based social and bingo club leisure company formerly part of Mecca Leisure, now owned by Rank Group
    • Mecca Dance Hall Tottenham, a former entertainment venue in Tottenham, London
  • Milwaukee Exposition Convention Center and Arena, since renamed UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena
  • "Mecca", a 1963 hit single by Gene Pitney
  • Mecca, a 1996 album by the Memphis Pilgrims, a rock group led by Michael Falzarano
  • Mecca, a 2009 album by Persia White
  • Black mecca, a term in the United States for a city to which black people are attracted

Usage examples of "mecca".

The Muslim operates under a legalistic system embracing five essentials: the creed, prayers, almsgiving, fasting and the pilgrimage to Mecca.

He sank on his knees on the ancient Anatolian carpet on which his father, seven times a day, had made his devotions, facing toward Mecca.

Martyrdom and pledged to establish nineteen spiritual assemblies in the British Isles, double the number of assemblies in the Indian subcontinent, establish ninety-five new centers of the Faith in Persia, convert the groups in Bahrein, Mecca and Kabul into assemblies and plant the banner of the Faith in the Arabian territories of Yemen, Oman, Ahsa and Kuweit.

Nowadays, she lived with Balboa in a derelict house, and devoted her time to art and scoring, for her addicted beloved, the occasional six-pack of Diet Mecca.

Finally, the announcer said that the station would stop broadcasting for three minutes as a memorial to Colonel Baraka and to give people time to take their prayer rugs and pray toward Mecca.

It was near the Caaba and opened towards it: in Mecca the Church was closely united to the state.

Mahomet, or more properly Mohammed, the only son of Abdallah and Amina, was born at Mecca, four years after the death of Justinian, and two months after the defeat of the Abyssinians, whose victory would have introduced into the Caaba the religion of the Christians.

Nor was the charity of Mahomet confined to the tribe of Koreish, or the precincts of Mecca: on solemn festivals, in the days of pilgrimage, he frequented the Caaba, accosted the strangers of every tribe, and urged, both in private converse and public discourse, the belief and worship of a sole Deity.

In fact Doctor Benway delivered him by Caesarian section from a Holy Man in Mecca.

The rapine of the Carmathians was sanctified by their aversion to the worship of Mecca: they robbed a caravan of pilgrims, and twenty thousand devout Moslems were abandoned on the burning sands to a death of hunger and thirst.

I suppose we have to accept certain troubles when going from Ceca to Mecca.

In the temple of Mecca, three Charegites or enthusiasts discoursed of the disorders of the church and state: they soon agreed, that the deaths of Ali, of Moawiyah, and of his friend Amrou, the viceroy of Egypt, would restore the peace and unity of religion.

Then we had a slim repast of soda water and bananas, the Hadji worshiped with his face toward Mecca, and the boatmen prepared an elaborate curry for themselves, with salt fish for its basis, and for its tastiest condiment blachang--a Malay preparation much relished by European lovers of durion and decomposed cheese.

The lists of his presents expresses the manners of the agea radiated crown of gold, a cross set with pearls to hang on the breast, a case of relics, with the names and titles of the saints, a vase of crystal, a vase of sardonyx, some balm, most probably of Mecca, and one hundred pieces of purple.

He was in his late teens, dressed in the dark well cut suit that befitted the heir to a gastronomic mecca, but it was difficult to imagine him presiding over it with the sort of passion that his Falstaffian grandpa never failed to show.