from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Muslim shrine in Mecca toward which the faithful turn to pray.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. Alternative spelling of Caaba.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. The small and nearly cubical stone building, in the court of the Great Mosque at Mecca, toward which all Mohammedans must pray. It contains a sacred black stone, believed by Mohammedans to be one of the precious stones of paradise, and to have been brought to Abraham when he was contructing the Kaaba, by the Angel Gabriel. The Kaaba itself predates Mohammed, having been a pantheon which contained Arab idols, which were destroyed by Mohammed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cube-shaped, flat-roofed building in the center of the Great Mosque at Mecca: the most sacred shrine of the Mohammedans.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Islam) a black stone building in Mecca that is shaped like a cube and that is the most sacred Muslim pilgrim shrine; believed to have been given by Gabriel to Abraham; Muslims turn in its direction when praying
Arabic ka'ba, cube, cubic structure, from ka'aba, to swell, be full (said of breasts); see kʿb in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)