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

  1. 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.

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How to use Masada in a sentence

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for Masada


/ (məˈsɑːdə) /

  1. 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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