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ZION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Zion mean? 

ZION (noun)
  The noun ZION has 3 senses:

1. 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
2. Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine
3. an imaginary place considered to be perfect or ideal

  Familiarity information: ZION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ZION (noun)


Sense 1Zion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

Sion; Zion

Context example:

the inhabitants of Jerusalem are personified as 'the daughter of Zion'

Instance hypernyms:

hill (a local and well-defined elevation of the land)

Holonyms ("Zion" is a part of...):

capital of Israel; Jerusalem (capital and largest city of the modern state of Israel; a holy city for Jews and Christians and Muslims; was the capital of an ancient kingdom)


Sense 2Zion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

Yisrael; State of Israel; Israel; Sion; Zion

Instance hypernyms:

country; land; state (the territory occupied by a nation)

Meronyms (parts of "Zion"):

Dead Sea (a saltwater lake on the border between Israel and Jordan; its surface in 1292 feet below sea level)

West Bank (an area between Israel and Jordan on the west bank of the Jordan river; populated largely by Palestinians)

Galilee (an area of northern Israel; formerly the northern part of Palestine and the ancient kingdom of Israel; the scene of Jesus's ministry)

Gaza; Gaza Strip (a coastal region at the southeastern corner of the Mediterranean bordering Israel and Egypt)

Golan; Golan Heights (a fortified hilly area between southern Lebanon and southern Syria)

capital of Israel; Jerusalem (capital and largest city of the modern state of Israel; a holy city for Jews and Christians and Muslims; was the capital of an ancient kingdom)

Bayt Lahm; Bethlehem; Bethlehem Ephrathah; Bethlehem-Judah (a small town near Jerusalem on the west bank of the Jordan River; early home of David and regarded as the place where Jesus was born)

Mount Carmel (a mountain range in northwestern Israel near the Mediterranean coast)

Sodom ((Old Testament) an ancient city near the Dead Sea that (along with Gomorrah) was destroyed by God for the wickedness of its inhabitants)

Gomorrah; Gomorrha ((Old Testament) an ancient city near the Dead Sea that (along with Sodom) was destroyed by God for the vice and depravity of its inhabitants)

Tel Aviv; Tel Aviv-Jaffa; Tel Aviv-Yalo (the largest city and financial center of Israel; located in western Israel on the Mediterranean)

Haifa; Hefa (a major port in northwestern Israel)

Negev; Negev Desert (a desert in southern Israel)

Caesarea (an ancient seaport in northwestern Israel; an important Roman city in ancient Palestine)

Accho; Acre; Akka; Akko (a town and port in northwestern Israel in the eastern Mediterranean)

Meronyms (members of "Zion"):

Israeli (a native or inhabitant of Israel)

Domain member region:

General Security Services; Shin Bet (the Israeli domestic counterintelligence and internal security agency)

al-Asifa; al-Fatah; Fatah (a Palestinian political and military organization founded by Yasser Arafat in 1958 to work toward the creation of a Palestinian state; during the 1960s and 1970s trained terrorist and insurgent groups)

Fatah Tanzim; Tanzim (a terrorist group organized by Yasser Arafat in 1995 as the armed wing of al-Fatah; serves a dual function of violent confrontation with Israel and serves as Arafat's unofficial militia to prevent rival Islamists from usurping leadership)

Kach; Kahane Chai (a terrorist organization founded for Jewish defense; fights antisemitism and hopes to restore the biblical state of Israel)

PFLP-GC; Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (a Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization that conducted several attacks in western Europe)

15 May Organization (a terrorist organization formed in 1979 by a faction of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine but disbanded in the 1980s when key members left to join a faction of al-Fatah)

Iz Al-Din Al-Qassam Battalions; Qassam Brigades; Salah al-Din Battalions (the military arm of Hamas responsible for suicide bombings and other attacks on Israel)

kibbutz (a collective farm or settlement owned by its members in modern Israel; children are reared collectively)

moshav (a cooperative Israeli village or settlement comprised of small farms)

Haganah (the clandestine military wing of the Jewish leadership during the British rule over the mandate of Palestine from 1920 to 1948; became the basis for the Israel defense force)

IDF; Israeli Defense Force (the ground and air and naval forces of Israel)

sayeret; Sayeret Mat'kal; Sayeret Matkal (Israel's elite secret commando unit responsible for counterterrorist and top secret intelligence gathering and hostage rescue missions)

A'man (the Israeli military intelligence which produces comprehensive national intelligence briefings for the prime minister and the cabinet)

Mossad (the Israeli foreign intelligence agency)

Holonyms ("Zion" is a part of...):

Middle East; Mideast; Near East (the area around the eastern Mediterranean; from Turkey to northern Africa and eastward to Iran; the site of such ancient civilizations as Phoenicia and Babylon and Egypt and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity and Islam; had continuous economic and political turmoil in the 20th century)


Sense 3Zion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An imaginary place considered to be perfect or ideal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

Sion; Zion; Utopia

Hypernyms ("Zion" is a kind of...):

fictitious place; imaginary place; mythical place (a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings)


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