Definition of Zion in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈzʌɪən
(also Sion)


  • 1The hill of Jerusalem on which the city of David was built.
  • 1.1Jerusalem.
  • 1.2The Jewish people or religion.
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    • A major personality among the Hovevi Zion was Judah Leob Pinsker.
  • 2(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.
  • 2.1The Christian Church.
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    • In the New Testament, Zion represents the Church.
  • 3A land of future promise or return from exile.
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    • Seen this way, the return to Zion represents the completion of the promise made to Abraham.
    • Protestant America in the nineteenth century viewed this as a ‘Christian nation,’ even ‘God's true Zion.’
    • With an eye for detail and a metaphorical imagination, Chisholm explores what it means to be ‘footloose’ in a dream that pulled so many dreamers toward the American Zion.
  • 3.1(Among Jews) Israel.
  • 3.2(Among Rastafarians) Africa.


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

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