Definition of Zion in English:


(also Sion)


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

    1. 1.1Jerusalem.
    2. 1.2The 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.

    • ‘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.’
    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, zion, abraham's bosom, the empyrean
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    1. 2.1The Christian Church.
      • ‘In the New Testament, Zion represents the Church.’
  • 3A land of future promise or return from exile.

    • ‘Additional factors worked for assimilation in Mormon society; those already in Utah understood the desire of the newcomers to be in Zion and felt a religious obligation to accept and love their brothers and sisters in the gospel.’
    • ‘He used his works and sermons to proclaim himself a prophet, and supported efforts to migrate with his congregation to Sierra Leone where they would set up a liberated and independent Black society, a new Zion.’
    • ‘I'm wondering if that society can be the Zion which will always be a safe haven for Jewish people?’
    • ‘Seen this way, the return to Zion represents the completion of the promise made to Abraham.’
    • ‘With an eye for detail and a metaphorical imagination, Chisholm explores what it means to be ‘footloose’ in a dream that pulled so many dreamers toward the American Zion.’
    • ‘In 1948, the world looked on as the Jews returned to Zion - the Jewish people emerging from the ashes of the Holocaust, back in their own land.’
    • ‘More than a century after Young founded a new Zion on the western frontier, the region still functions as a quasi-theocracy.’
    • ‘Protestant America in the nineteenth century viewed this as a ‘Christian nation,’ even ‘God's true Zion.’’
    1. 3.1(among Jews) Israel.
    2. 3.2(among Rastafarians) Africa.


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