Definition of Masada in US English:


proper noun

  • The site of the ruins of a palace and fortification built by Herod the Great on the southwestern shore of the Dead Sea in the 1st century BC. It was a Jewish stronghold in the Zealots' revolt against the Romans (AD 66–73) and was the scene in AD 73 of mass suicide by the Jewish defenders when the Romans breached the citadel after a siege of nearly two years.