Definition of Zion in US English:


(also Sion)


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

    1. 1.1 The citadel of ancient Jerusalem.
      • ‘A telling aspect of such an argument is the fact that the entire Chapter 54 of Isaiah is addressed to Jerusalem / Zion.’
      • ‘Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which is the city of David.’
    2. 1.2 Jerusalem.
    3. 1.3 The Jewish people or religion.
      • ‘A major personality among the Hovevi Zion was Judah Leob Pinsker.’
  • 2(in Christian thought) the heavenly city or kingdom of heaven.

    • ‘The theme then, is the fear of freedom - that maybe Nirvana / Mecca / Heaven / Zion isn't that great.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    paradise, nirvana, the kingdom of heaven, the promised land, the heavenly kingdom, the city of god, the celestial city, the abode of god, the abode of the saints, the abode of the angels, abraham's bosom, the empyrean
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    1. 2.1 The Christian Church.
      • ‘In the New Testament, Zion represents the Church.’
  • 3(among Rastafarians) Africa.


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