1A city in western Saudi Arabia, an oasis town in the Red Sea region of Hejaz, east of Jiddah, considered by Muslims to be the holiest city of Islam; population 1,385,000 (est. 2007). The birthplace in ad 570 of the prophet Muhammad, it was the scene of his early teachings before his emigration to Medina in 622 ( the Hegira). On Muhammad’s return to Mecca in 630 it became the center of the new Muslim faith. Arabic name Makkah.
1.1 (as noun a Mecca) A place that attracts people of a particular group or with a particular interest: Holland is a Mecca for jazz enthusiasts
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- Once regarded as a Mecca of tourism, the number of visitors coming to Ireland is falling steadily.
- The shop was a Mecca for women who wanted not only books but advice.
- The diving is always spectacular because it has also become a Mecca for the wildlife of the Celebes Sea.
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