[muh-sah-duh; Hebrew muh-tsah-dah]


a mountaintop fortress in E Israel on the SW shore of the Dead Sea: site of Zealots' last stand against the Romans during revolt of a.d. 66–73. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • There are the precipices of Masada and Engedi sheer from the salt coast.

  • I shall keep on west for a while, and then turn off into the deep valleys leading down towards Masada.

    For the Temple

    G. A. Henty

  • Juda was not yet entirely subjugated, for three strong fortresses were still in arms: Herodium, Machrus, and Masada.

  • There has been nothing to efface the evidence of the tragedy, nor was Masada ever again held as a fortress.


    Claude Reignier Conder

  • The first two soon fell, but Masada offered a stubborn resistance which its natural position favored.

    A Thousand Years of Jewish History

    Maurice H. (Maurice Henry) Harris

British Dictionary definitions for masada



an ancient mountaintop fortress in Israel, 400 m (1300 ft) above the W shore of the Dead Sea: the last Jewish stronghold during a revolt in Judaea (66–73 ad). Besieged by the Romans for a year, almost all of the inhabitants killed themselves rather than surrender. The site is an Israeli national monument
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