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məˈdi nəmed·i·na

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Medina, Al Madinahnoun

    a city in western Saudi Arabia; site of the tomb of Muhammad; the second most holy city of Islam

  2. medinanoun

    the ancient quarter of many cities in northern Africa


  1. Medinanoun

    A city, 200 miles north of Mecca along the Hejaz, from which the Hejira was launched; contains Muhammad's tomb.

  2. Medinanoun

    Various other cities of that name; see Wikipedia article on Medina.

  3. medinanoun

    The traditional, old or non-European area of a North African town.

    Although Hicham usually worked in the new town, he still lived in the medina.

  4. Etymology: From مدينة


  1. Medina

    Medina, officially Al Madinah Al Munawwarah (Arabic: المدينة المنورة‎, romanized: al-Madinat al-Munawwarah, lit. 'The Enlightened City'), commonly simplified as Madīnah or Madinah, is the second holiest city in Islam and the capital of the Medina Province of Saudi Arabia. The 2020 estimated population of the city is 1,488,782, making it the fourth-most populous city in the country. Located at the core of the Medina Province in the western reaches of the country, the city is distributed over 589 square kilometers (227 square miles), 293 km2 (117 sq. mi.) of which constitutes the city's urban area, while the rest is occupied by the Hejaz mountain range, empty valleys, agricultural spaces, older dormant volcanoes and the Nafud desert. The city is considered to be the second-holiest of three cities in Islamic tradition, the other two being Mecca and Jerusalem. The Masjid al-Nabawi ('Prophet's Mosque') built by Muhammad in 622 CE, is of exceptional importance in Islam and is the site of burial of the last Islamic prophet. Muslims visit his rawdhah in what is known as Ziyarat at least once in their lifetime, although this is not obligatory. The original name of the city before the advent of Islam was Yathrib and it is referred to by the same name in the Qur'an in Chapter 33, al-Ahzab (The Confederates). It was renamed Madīnat an-Nabī (City of the Prophet or The Prophet's City) after Muhammad's death and later al-Madinah al-Munawwarah (The Enlightened City), before being simplified and shortened to its modern name, Madinah (The City), written in English as Medina. Saudi Arabian road signage uses Madinah and al-Madinah al-Munawwarah interchangeably.The city is known to have existed for over 1,500 years before Muhammad's migration from Mecca, otherwise known as the Hijrah. Medina was the capital of a rapidly increasing Muslim caliphate under Muhammad's leadership, serving as its base of operations and as the cradle of Islam, where Muhammad's Ummah (Community), composed of the citizens of Medina, known as the Ansar and those who immigrated with Muhammad, known as the Muhajirun, collectively known as the Sahaba, gained huge influence. Medina is home to three prominent mosques, namely al-Masjid an-Nabawi, Masjid Quba'a, and Masjid al-Qiblatayn, with the masjid at Quba'a being the oldest in Islam. A larger portion of the Qur'an was revealed in Medina in contrast to the earlier Meccan surahs.Much like most of the Hejaz, Medina has seen numerous exchanges of power within its comparatively short existence. The region is known to have been controlled by Arabian Jewish tribes (up to the 5th century CE), the 'Aws and Khazraj (up to Muhammad's arrival), Muhammad and the Rashidun (622–660 CE), Umayyads (660–749 CE), Abbasids (749–1254 CE), the Mamluks of Egypt (1254–1517 CE), the Ottomans (1517–1805 CE), the First Saudi State (1805–1811 CE), Muhammad Ali Pasha (1811–1840 CE), the Ottomans for a second time (1840–1918), the Hashemite Sharifate of Mecca (1918–1925 CE) and finally is in the hands of the modern-day Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1925–present CE).In addition to visiting for Ziyarah, tourists come to visit the other prominent mosques and landmarks in the city that hold religious significance such as Mount Uhud, Al-Baqi' cemetery and the Seven Mosques among others. Recently, after the Saudi conquest, the Saudis carried out a demolition of several tombs and domes in and around the region fearing these might become sites of association of others in worship beside Allah (shirk).


  1. medina

    A medina is a distinct old part of various North African and Middle Eastern cities, often characterized by narrow, maze-like streets and historical architecture. The term originates from the Arabic word 'medinah', which simply means 'city' or 'town.' The most famous medinas are found in cities like Marrakech, Fes, and Tunis. These areas are culturally rich and house several markets, mosques, residences, and historical sites.


  1. Medina

    Medina, also officially transliterated as Madinah by Saudi Government and in modern Islamic literature generally, is a modern city in the Hejaz region of western Saudi Arabia, and serves as the capital of Al Madinah Province. An alternative name is Madinat Al-Nabi. The Arabic word madinah simply means "city." Before the advent of Islam, the city was known as Yathrib but was personally renamed by Muhammad. It is the second holiest city in Islam after Mecca and the burial place of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. Medina is critically significant in Islamic History for being where Muhammad's final religious base was established after the Hijrah and where he died in 632 AD/11 AH. Medina was the power base of Islam in its first century, being where the early Muslim community developed under the Prophet's leadership, then under the leadership of the first four caliphs of Islam: Abu Bakr, Omar, Othman and Ali. In fact, Year 1 of the Islamic calendar is based on the year of the emigration of Muhammad and his original followers from Mecca to the city of Medina in 622 AD/1 AH. The Maliki madhab places emphasis on ulema and scholars originating in Medina.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Medina

    (lit. the city) (76), called also Medina-en-Nabi, 210 m. N. of Mecca, the City of the Prophet, as the place in which he found refuge after his "flight" from Mecca in 632; it was here he from that date lived, where he died, and where his tomb is, in a beautiful and rich mosque called El Haram (i. e. the inviolate), erected on the site of the prophet's house. See Hegira.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. medina

    Or more fully, Medinat Al Nabi (City of the Prophet), the holiest city throughout Mohammedanism next to Mecca, and second capital and stronghold of Hedjaz in Western Arabia. In this city Mohammed was protected when he fled from Mecca, September 13, 622, others say July 15, 622. (See Hegira.) Medina was taken by the Wahabees in 1804; retaken by the pasha of Egypt in 1818.

Rap Dictionary

  1. medinanoun

    Second most holy city of Islam.

  2. medinanoun

    Nickname for Brooklyn.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Medina

    Expresses the Arabic for “City.” Its full name is Medinat al Nabi, “City of the Prophet.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Medina is ranked #133 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Medina surname appeared 188,497 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 64 would have the surname Medina.

    91.1% or 171,834 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    5.6% or 10,725 total occurrences were White.
    1.9% or 3,619 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 1,131 total occurrences were Black.
    0.3% or 622 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.3% or 565 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Anagrams for Medina »

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Medina in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Medina in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Medina in a Sentence

  1. Diana Jimnez Medina:

    Her mother, Diana Jimnez Medina, graced the cover of the mag with her A-list daughter ahead of Mother’s Day. Diana Jimnez Medina expressed her pride over her famous daughter and said she knew Hayek was destined for great things. I always knew that Salmita would be something big in her life because of her personality, her way of always working for what she wants, but she surprises me. She continues to surprise me more and more, there was one thing that I wanted : that was for Salma to be free to grow up and do whatever she wanted. Hayek has Valentina Paloma Pinault, Valentina Paloma Pinault. She said motherhood has impacted her greatly. Feeling responsible helps you develop as a human being … You learn a lot about yourself when you do something for someone else, Hayek said. The actress recently revealed to People magazine that Valentina Paloma Pinault has taken up a new odd business venture : making homemade slime.

  2. Vincent Medina:

    When Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino opened up Chochenyo Ohlone, Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino made this intentional effort in fact not to market Chochenyo Ohlone. Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino don't want to commodify these foods, Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino want to make sure that they're presented in very respectful and very dignified ways that are that are going to lead to education and awareness for those who aren't Chochenyo Ohlone, but... Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino don't want to go out there and market things that are very personal to Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino.

  3. Will Smith:

    I met a dude named Benny Medina. Benny Medina is the real-life Fresh Prince of Bel Air, i meet Benny and he pitches me the idea for this show, and I’m like, you know, ‘I’m not an actor.’.

  4. College Republicans:

    We as an organization are absolutely disgusted by the actions of Ms. Gisela Medina, and have cut all ties with Gisela Medina effective immediately, our prayers go out to the victims of Anton Lazzaro and Gisela Medina – we believe you. We stand with you. May justice be served.

  5. Superintendent Judy D. White:

    Assemblyman Jose Medina and I both share a concern for ensuring that students have a safe learning environment that can best meet a diversity of student needs, as educators, we are always open to dialogue about what is best for children.

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