Zi·​on | \ ˈzī-ən How to pronounce Zion (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈsī-​ən How to pronounce Zion (audio) \

Definition of Zion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the Jewish people : israel
b : the Jewish homeland that is symbolic of Judaism or of Jewish national aspiration
c : the ideal nation or society envisaged by Judaism
2 : heaven
3 : utopia


geographical name
Zi·​on | \ ˈzī-ən How to pronounce Zion (audio) \

Definition of Zion (Entry 2 of 2)

1 or Mount Zion or Sion \ ˈsī-​ən How to pronounce Zion (audio) , ˈzī-​ \ or Mount Sion hill in eastern Jerusalem, Israel

Note: Originally the stronghold of Jerusalem, Zion was conquered by David and in ancient times was the site of the Jewish Temple.

2 city in northeastern Illinois north of Waukegan population 24,413

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Examples of Zion in a Sentence

Noun found the path to Zion by doing penance for the wayward ways of her youth Robert Owen's New Harmony, Indiana, was but one of many attempts to establish an American Zion.

First Known Use of Zion


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for Zion


Middle English Sion, from Old English, citadel in Palestine which was the nucleus of Jerusalem, from Late Latin, from Greek Seiōn, from Hebrew Ṣīyōn

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The first known use of Zion was in the 14th century

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“Zion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Zion. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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