Definition of Zion in English:


Syllabification: Zi·on
Pronunciation: /ˈzīən
(also Sion)


  • 1The hill of Jerusalem on which the city of David was built.
  • 1.1The citadel of ancient Jerusalem.
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    • A telling aspect of such an argument is the fact that the entire Chapter 54 of Isaiah is addressed to Jerusalem / Zion.
    • Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which is the city of David.
  • 1.2Jerusalem.
  • 1.3(In Christian thought) the heavenly city or kingdom of heaven.
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    • The theme then, is the fear of freedom - that maybe Nirvana / Mecca / Heaven / Zion isn't that great.
    • Twenty-three years after Marley went home to Zion, he still is heralded by many as a voice for the sufferers, for the poor, for those maligned by the majority.
    • It was the dull glazed look that tells you being a cashier is not a stepping stone across the river of life to Zion on the other shore; she will be a cashier in one form or another forever.
  • 1.4The Jewish people or religion.
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    • A major personality among the Hovevi Zion was Judah Leob Pinsker.
  • 1.5The Christian Church.
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    • In the New Testament, Zion represents the Church.
  • 2(Among Rastafarians) Africa.


Old English, from ecclesiastical Latin Sion, from Hebrew ṣīyōn.

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