from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The historic land of Israel as a symbol of the Jewish people.
  • noun The Jewish people; Israel.
  • noun A place or religious community regarded as sacredly devoted to God.
  • noun An idealized, harmonious community; utopia.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Figuratively, the house or household of God, as consisting of the chosen people, the Israelites; the theocracy, or church of God; hence, the church in general, or heaven as the final gathering-place of true believers: so called from Mount Zion, the holy hill of Jerusalem, the center of ancient Hebrew worship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Jewish Antiq.) A hill in Jerusalem, which, after the capture of that city by the Israelites, became the royal residence of David and his successors.
  • noun Hence, the theocracy, or church of God.
  • noun The heavenly Jerusalem; heaven.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A mountain in Israel on which Jerusalem is built.
  • proper noun Jerusalem.
  • proper noun metaphorical : The whole nation of Israel.
  • proper noun A male given name of modern usage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine
  • noun originally a stronghold captured by David (the 2nd king of the Israelites); above it was built a temple and later the name extended to the whole hill; finally it became a synonym for the city of Jerusalem
  • noun an imaginary place considered to be perfect or ideal


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English Sion, from Old English, from Late Latin Siōn, from Greek Seiōn, from Hebrew ṣiyyôn; see ṣwn in Semitic roots.]

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From Hebrew ציון (tsiyón)


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