Mecca definition

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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.
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Any goal that one is seeking to achieve.
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Mecca is defined as a city in Saudi Arabia that Muslims consider to be a holy city in Islam, or any place that is the center of an activity and attracts many visitors with a similar interest.

A part of town that attracts lots of young professionals is an example of a place that could be referred to as a mecca for young professionals.

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A place visited by many people.

A mecca for tourists.

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A place that is regarded as the center of an activity or interest.
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A goal to which adherents of a religious faith or practice fervently aspire.
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Any place that one yearns to go to.
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(place) City in W Saudi Arabia, near the Red Sea: birthplace of Muhammad and hence a holy city & destination for pilgrims in Islam.
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Alternative form of Mecca.
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A city in Saudi Arabia, the holiest place in Islam, location of the sacred Ka'ba, and to which Muslims are required to make a hajj at least once in their lifetime.
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(figuratively) Any place considered to be a very important place to visit by people with a particular interest.
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Any place that draws tourists or visitors of a certain kind.

Cooperstown is a Mecca for baseball fans.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mecca
Plural:
meccas

Origin of mecca

  • After Mecca (from its being a place of pilgrimage)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition