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Sion1

[French syawn]
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noun
  1. a town in and the capital of Valais, in SW Switzerland.
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Sion2

[sahy-uh n]
noun
  1. Zion(defs 1–4).
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-sion

  1. a noun suffix appearing in loanwords from Latin: compulsion.
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Origin of -sion

< Latin, equivalent to -s(us), variant of -tus past participle suffix + -iōn- -ion

Valais

[French va-le; English va-ley]
noun
  1. a canton in SW Switzerland. 2021 sq. mi. (5235 sq. km). Capital: Sion.
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  • Shortly after this, Tancred, attended by Baroni, passed the gate of Sion.

    Tancred

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Descending Mount Sion, and crossing Kedron, he entered the sacred grove.

    Tancred

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Were our sons as brave as they are beautiful, we still might dance on Sion.

    Alroy

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • A specimen of this advance we have had of an abele-tree at Sion, which being loppd in Febr.

  • Sion College was limited in its lending range to the London clergy.

    The Book-Collector

    William Carew Hazlitt


British Dictionary definitions for sion

Sion

noun
  1. (French sjɔ̃) a town in SW Switzerland, capital of Valais canton, on the River Rhône. Pop: 27 171 (2000)Latin name: Sedunum
  2. (ˈsaɪən) a variant of Zion
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Valais

noun
  1. a canton of S Switzerland: includes the entire valley of the upper Rhône and the highest peaks in Switzerland; produces a quarter of Switzerland's hydroelectricity. Capital: Sion. Pop: 281 000 (2002 est). Area: 5231 sq km (2020 sq miles)German name: Wallis
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