Definitions for ZIONˈzaɪ ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Zi•onˈzaɪ ən(n.)

also Sion, 1 2

  1. a hill in Jerusalem, on which the Temple was built: used to symbolize the city itself, esp. as a religious or spiritual center.

    Category: Geography (places), Judaism

  2. the Jewish people.

    Category: Judaism

  3. Palestine as the Jewish homeland and symbol of Judaism.

    Category: Judaism

  4. heaven as the final gathering place of true believers.

Origin of Zion:

bef. 1000; ME, OE Sion < LL (Vulgate) Siōn < Gk (Septuagint) Seiṓn < Heb sīyyōn

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Zion, Sion(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

    "the inhabitants of Jerusalem are personified as `the daughter of Zion'"

  2. Israel, State of Israel, Yisrael, Zion, Sion(noun)

    Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine

  3. Utopia, Zion, Sion(noun)

    an imaginary place considered to be perfect or ideal

Wiktionary

  1. Zion(ProperNoun)

    A mountain in Israel upon which Jerusalem is built.

  2. Zion(ProperNoun)

    Jerusalem itself.

  3. Zion(ProperNoun)

    Metaphoric for the whole nation of Israel.

  4. Zion(ProperNoun)

    of modern usage.

  5. Origin: From ציון

Webster Dictionary

  1. Zion(noun)

    a hill in Jerusalem, which, after the capture of that city by the Israelites, became the royal residence of David and his successors

  2. Zion(noun)

    hence, the theocracy, or church of God

  3. Zion(noun)

    the heavenly Jerusalem; heaven

Freebase

  1. Zion

    Zion is a place name often used as a synonym for Jerusalem. The word is first found in Samuel II, 5:7 dating to c.630–540 BCE according to modern scholarship. It commonly referred to a specific mountain near Jerusalem, on which stood a Jebusite fortress of the same name that was conquered by David and was named the City of David. The term Tzion came to designate the area of Jerusalem where the fortress stood, and later became a metonym for Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem, the city of Jerusalem and generally, the World to Come. In Kabbalah the more esoteric reference is made to Tzion being the spiritual point from which reality emerges, located in the Holy of Holies of the First, Second and Third Temple.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Zion

    that one of the four hills on which Jerusalem is built, on the SW. of the city, and the site of the palace of King David and his successors.

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