Definition of Zion in English:


(also Sion)


  • 1The hill of Jerusalem on which the city of David was built.

    1. 1.1The citadel of ancient Jerusalem.
      • ‘Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which is the city of David.’
      • ‘A telling aspect of such an argument is the fact that the entire Chapter 54 of Isaiah is addressed to Jerusalem / Zion.’
    2. 1.2Jerusalem.
    3. 1.3(in Christian thought) the heavenly city or kingdom of heaven.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The theme then, is the fear of freedom - that maybe Nirvana / Mecca / Heaven / Zion isn't that great.’
    4. 1.4The Jewish people or religion.
      • ‘A major personality among the Hovevi Zion was Judah Leob Pinsker.’
    5. 1.5The Christian Church.
      • ‘In the New Testament, Zion represents the Church.’
  • 2(among Rastafarians) Africa.


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