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Type Settlement
Pronounced Pron. /ˈmɛ.kə/(English) /ˈmɛk.ka/(Italian)  [key·simplify]
Other Forms FormsMakkah

Meaning & History

From Arabic مكة (Makka) which is from بكة (bakka), an ancient name for the region. The name is of uncertain origin and meaning; it may be from Arabic بكى (baka) meaning "to cry, to mourn" or Ge'ez ምኵራብ (məkʷrab) meaning "temple, sanctuary". This is the name of a city in Saudi Arabia, considered a holy site because Muhammad had his first revelation of the Qur'an there. It is also the destination of the hajj pilgrimage for Muslims.
Added 9/17/2016 by HL
Edited 12/18/2020 by HL