Meaning of mellah in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɛlə/


  • A Jewish quarter in a Moroccan town or city. Also (rarely in extended use) a similar quarter outside Morocco.


Early 19th century. FromMoroccan Arabic mallāḥ Jewish quarter, generic use of al-Mallāḥ, lit. ‘the saline area’ (from malaḥa to be salty), the name of the site of Ḥims, a district into which the Jewish community of Fez were compelled to move in 1438.