American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The old section of an Arab city in North Africa.
- n. The traditional, old or non-European area of a North African town.
- From Arabic مدينة (madīna, "town") (Wiktionary)
- Arabic madīna, city, from Aramaic mədintā, mədinā, jurisdiction, district, from dān, to judge, administer; see dyn in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It also provided a fine view of the medina from the rooftop, where you felt a bit like a bee in a large honeycomb.”
“The city was a lot larger than we expected and had the old quarter near the port which was commonly called medina in Arabic and a newer modern part of town.”
“This system brings Tetouan's underground streams to the city's historic nucleus (known as the medina) via a gravity-driven network of interlocking clay pipes.”
“The medina was the original settlement at Casablanca.”
“At night, all of the medina is a rough neighborhood.”
“We entered the medina, which is quite large, in search of Casa Perlita or Perlida or whatever it was.”
“After visiting the mosque I walk back to my hotel through the medina, which is far grittier and grungier than those of Fes and Marrakech.”
“In Yathrib (subsequently called madīnat al-nabī or "City of the Prophet," often shortened to "medina" or "city") Muhammad promulgated a "constitution" that defined the rights of the various groups and which recognized him as a prophet.”
“After arriving, we set out into the "medina", or old town enclosed by a fortress type wall, not allowing cars.”
“Even just three years ago, while wandering Fes's medina, I noticed a certain distance between boys and girls, staring and flirting with little actual contact.”
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