from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The historic land of Israel as a symbol of the Jewish people.
- n. The Jewish people; Israel.
- n. A place or religious community regarded as sacredly devoted to God.
- n. An idealized, harmonious community; utopia.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A mountain in Israel on which Jerusalem is built.
- proper n. Jerusalem.
- proper n. : The whole nation of Israel.
- proper n. A male given name of modern usage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A hill in Jerusalem, which, after the capture of that city by the Israelites, became the royal residence of David and his successors.
- n. Hence, the theocracy, or church of God.
- n. The heavenly Jerusalem; heaven.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Figuratively, the house or household of God, as consisting of the chosen people, the Israelites; the theocracy, or church of God; hence, the church in general, or heaven as the final gathering-place of true believers: so called from Mount Zion, the holy hill of Jerusalem, the center of ancient Hebrew worship.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine
- n. originally a stronghold captured by David (the 2nd king of the Israelites); above it was built a temple and later the name extended to the whole hill; finally it became a synonym for the city of Jerusalem
- n. an imaginary place considered to be perfect or ideal
Middle English Sion, from Old English, from Late Latin Siōn, from Greek Seiōn, from Hebrew ṣiyyôn; see ṣwy2 in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew ציון (tsiyón) (Wiktionary)