Zion

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

Definition of Zion

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

Examples of Zion in a Sentence

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

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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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“Zion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Zion. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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Zion geographical name

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

Definition of Zion

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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