What does Morocco mean?

Definitions for Morocco
məˈrɒk oʊmo·roc·co

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Morocco, Kingdom of Morocco, Maroc, Marruecos, Al-Magribnoun

    a kingdom (constitutional monarchy) in northwestern Africa with a largely Muslim population; achieved independence from France in 1956

  2. morocconoun

    a soft pebble-grained leather made from goatskin; used for shoes and book bindings etc.


  1. Morocconoun

    A coastal country in North-western Africa. Official name: Kingdom of Morocco.

  2. morocconoun

    A soft leather, made from goatskin, used especially in bookbinding.

  3. Etymology: From country of Morocco, from which this leather was originally imported. Compare maroquin.


  1. Morocco

    Morocco ( (listen)), officially the Kingdom of Morocco, is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and has land borders with Algeria to the east, and the disputed territory of Western Sahara to the south. Mauritania lies to the south of Western Sahara. Morocco also claims the Spanish exclaves of Ceuta, Melilla and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera, and several small Spanish-controlled islands off its coast. It spans an area of 446,300 km2 (172,300 sq mi) or 710,850 km2 (274,460 sq mi), with a population of roughly 37 million. Its official and predominant religion is Islam, and the official languages are Arabic and Berber; the Moroccan dialect of Arabic and French are also widely spoken. Moroccan identity and culture is a mix of Arab, Berber, and European cultures. Its capital is Rabat, while its largest city is Casablanca.In a region inhabited since the Paleolithic Era over 300,000 years ago, the first Moroccan state was established by Idris I in 788. It was subsequently ruled by a series of independent dynasties, reaching its zenith as a regional power in the 11th and 12th centuries, under the Almoravid and Almohad dynasties, when it controlled most of the Iberian Peninsula and the Maghreb. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Morocco faced external threats to its sovereignty, with Portugal seizing some territory and the Ottoman Empire encroaching from the east. The Marinid and Saadi dynasties otherwise resisted foreign domination, and Morocco was the only North African nation to escape Ottoman dominion. The 'Alawi dynasty, which rules the country to this day, seized power in 1631, and over the next two centuries expanded diplomatic and commercial relations with the Western world. Morocco's strategic location near the mouth of the Mediterranean drew renewed European interest; in 1912, France and Spain divided the country into respective protectorates, reserving an international zone in Tangier. Following intermittent riots and revolts against colonial rule, in 1956, Morocco regained its independence and reunified. Since independence, Morocco has remained relatively stable. It has the fifth-largest economy in Africa and wields significant influence in both Africa and the Arab world; it is considered a middle power in global affairs and holds membership in the Arab League, the Union for the Mediterranean, and the African Union. Morocco is a unitary semi-constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament. The executive branch is led by the King of Morocco and the prime minister, while legislative power is vested in the two chambers of parliament: the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors. Judicial power rests with the Constitutional Court, which may review the validity of laws, elections, and referendums. The king holds vast executive and legislative powers, especially over the military, foreign policy and religious affairs; he can issue decrees called dahirs, which have the force of law, and can also dissolve the parliament after consulting the prime minister and the president of the constitutional court. Morocco claims ownership of the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara, which it has designated its Southern Provinces. In 1975, after Spain agreed to decolonise the territory and cede its control to Morocco and Mauritania, a guerrilla war broke out between those powers and some of the local inhabitants. In 1979, Mauritania relinquished its claim to the area, but the war continued to rage. In 1991, a ceasefire agreement was reached, but the issue of sovereignty remained unresolved. Today, Morocco occupies two-thirds of the territory, and efforts to resolve the dispute have thus far failed to break the political deadlock.


  1. morocco

    Morocco is a country located in North Africa, known for its rich culture and history, unique architecture, and diverse geography which includes coastal plains, mountain ranges, and desert landscapes. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea to the west and north, and by Algeria to the east and southeast. The country's largest city is Casablanca, while its capital is Rabat. The dominant religion in Morocco is Islam. It is also sometimes used to refer to a type of soft leather, traditionally made from goatskin, used in bookbinding and for other purposes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Morocconoun

    a fine kind of leather, prepared commonly from goatskin (though an inferior kind is made of sheepskin), and tanned with sumac and dyed of various colors; -- said to have been first made by the Moors

  2. Etymology: [Named from Morocco, the country. Cf. Morris the dance.]


  1. Morocco

    Morocco Arabic: المملكة المغربية‎) translates to "The Western Kingdom". Al-Maghrib (Arabic: المغرب‎), or Maghreb, meaning "The West", is commonly used. The Kingdom of Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries. It has Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, and a rugged mountain interior. Morocco has a population of over 32 million and an area of 446,550 km² (172,410 sq mi); if Western Sahara is included that would be 710,850 km² (274,460 sq mi). The political capital is Rabat, although the largest city is Casablanca; other major cities include Marrakech, Tangier, Tetouan, Salé, Fes, Agadir, Meknes, Oujda, Kenitra, and Nador. Morocco has a history of independence not shared by its neighbours. Its rich culture is a blend of Arab, Berber (indigenous African) and also other African and European influences. Morocco administers most of the disputed region of the Western Sahara as the Southern Provinces. The status of Western Sahara remains unresolved. Morocco annexed the territory in 1975 and a guerrilla war with pro-independence forces ended in 1991. U.N. efforts have failed to break the political deadlock.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Morocco

    mo-rok′ō, n. a fine goat-skin leather, tanned with sumac, first brought from Morocco, afterwards from the Levant and elsewhere: a sheep-skin leather in imitation of this: a very strong ale, anciently brewed in Cumberland.—adj. consisting of Morocco.—French morocco, an inferior kind of Levant morocco, with small grain; Levant morocco, a fine quality of morocco, with large grain; Persian morocco, a morocco finished on the grain side.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Morocco

    an empire in the NW. corner of Africa, three times the size of Great Britain, its coast-line stretching from Algeria to Cape Nun, and its inland confines being vaguely determined by the French hinterlands. Two-thirds of the country is desert; much of the remainder is poor pasture land; the Atlas Mountains stretch from SW. to NE., but there are some expanses of level fertile country; on the seaboard the climate is delightful, with abundance of rain in the season; among the mountains extremes prevail; south of the Atlas it is hot and almost rainless; the mineral wealth is probably great; gold, silver, copper, and iron are known to be plentiful, but bad government hinders development; the exports are maize, pulse, oil, wool, fruit, and cattle; cloth, tea, coffee, and hardware are imported; the chief industries are the making of leather, "Fez" caps, carpets, and the breeding of horses; government is extremely despotic and corrupt, and the Sultan's authority over many of the tribes is merely nominal; there is no education; the religion is Mohammedanism, and slavery prevails; there are no roads, and the country is imperfectly known; telegraph, telephone, and postal service are in European hands; the country was taken from the Romans by the Arabs in the 7th century, and has ever since been in their hands, but Berbers, Spaniards, Moors, Jews, and negroes also go to make up the population. The chief towns are Fez (25), in the N., a sacred Moslem city, squalid and dirty, but with good European trade, and a depôt for the caravans from the interior; and Morocco (60), in the S., near the Tensift River, 240 m. SW. of Fez, well situated for local and transit trade, but a dilapidated city.

  2. Morocco

    a fine-grained leather of the skin of a goat or sheep, first prepared in Morocco.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Morocco

    A country located in north Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, with a southern border with Western Sahara, eastern border with Algeria. The capital is Rabat.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. morocco

    An empire in Northern Africa, formerly Mauritania. In 1051 it was subdued for the Fatimite caliphs, by the Almaravides, who eventually extended their dominion into Spain. They were succeeded by the Almohades (1121), the Merinites (1270), and in 1516 by the Scherifs, pretended descendants of Mohammed, the now reigning dynasty. The Moors have had frequent wars with the French, Spaniards, and Portuguese, due to piracy.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Morocco

    The territory of the Moriscoes or “Moors.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Morocco is ranked #37591 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Morocco surname appeared 592 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Morocco.

    92.2% or 546 total occurrences were White.
    4.3% or 26 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 8 total occurrences were Black.
    1.1% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Morocco in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Morocco in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Morocco in a Sentence

  1. Phionah Atuhebwe:

    The 15 countries are Algeria, Botswana, DRC, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Libya, Tunisia, and Morocco.

  2. Soeren Kern:

    These kids … have no relationship to Morocco or Algeria at all, but they’re not integrated into French society at all, in a way, they’re stateless. They get drawn to radical Islam as a way to give them meaning in their life.

  3. United States:

    I understand that the United States government is facing real challenges right now, but certainly something can be done by somebody in The State Department to assist the Americans here who are trapped in Morocco.

  4. Moulay Hafid Elalamy:

    And it is not excluded that Morocco will attract other car and truck makers in the near future and could double these figures.

  5. Cierra Martin:

    ICARDA had to move collections in Syria to Morocco and Lebanon and the seed vault helped them reestablish their collections.

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    an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
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