Main definitions of temple in English

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temple1

noun

  • 1A building devoted to the worship of a god or gods.

    • ‘Prayers for the temple and for its worship participants are given priority.’
    • ‘Hindus seek to find God on the inside while also worshiping God in the temples.’
    • ‘Devotees flock to the temples to perform the ritual.’
    • ‘Obviously they take great pride in their temple buildings.’
    • ‘Thousands of Hindu temples and shrines were torn down.’
    • ‘The other temple rituals are forms of collective worship.’
    • ‘Worshippers hurried into the temple, praying to the gods to let them be spared.’
    • ‘In Old Testament times people went to the temple to find God.’
    • ‘On these days they do not enter temples or home shrines, or approach holy men.’
    • ‘Their efforts have focused on the building of temples.’
    • ‘Those who allow Satan in their temple are opposing God.’
    • ‘Volunteering is mutually beneficial for both the temple and the devotee.’
    • ‘Every day elephants bless thousands of Hindu devotees at temples all over India.’
    • ‘They come to the temple to offer worship.’
    • ‘Visitors to the temple used to worship the deity in the morning.’
    • ‘They worship in the temple and practice yoga.’
    • ‘Thousands of devotees wait for the temples to open.’
    • ‘The Hindu worships at the temple and the Muslim at the mosque.’
    • ‘The temple can hold 4,000 worshippers.’
    • ‘Hawaiians worshipped both in their homes and in open-air temples.’
    1. 1.1the Temple Either of two successive religious buildings of the Jews in Jerusalem. The first (957–586 BC) was built by Solomon and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar; it contained the Ark of the Covenant. The second (515 BC–AD 70) was enlarged by Herod the Great from 20 BC and destroyed by the Romans during a Jewish revolt; all that remains is the Wailing Wall.
      • ‘He told the Roman leadership to send a sacrifice to the Temple.’
      • ‘The Romans destroyed our Temple.’
      • ‘They find the Temple defiled and turned into a pagan sanctuary.’
      • ‘Prayers for the rebuilding of the Temple and Jerusalem are included in traditional daily worship.’
      • ‘I took a walk through the tunnel along the foundations of the Temple.’
      • ‘Jerusalem has been conquered and the Temple has been destroyed.’
      • ‘Alexander was planning to destroy the Temple.’
      • ‘The destruction of each Temple brought a period of Jewish history to an end.’
      • ‘The Temple in Jerusalem was God's house and that was where He was to be worshipped.’
      • ‘The purpose of the Temple was to focus and amplify the experience of God's Presence.’
      • ‘The destruction of the Temple and the exile to Babylon represents a tremendous shock to the Jewish people.’
      • ‘From then on Jewish worship was focussed on the Temple.’
      • ‘The Temple of Jerusalem still retains a remarkable hold on the human imagination.’
      • ‘There was only one place where sacrifice could be made - the Temple in Jerusalem.’
      • ‘We did not want non-Jews to enter our Temple.’
      • ‘He will rebuild the Temple and bring world peace.’
      • ‘The area is marked by many ritual baths, in which every Jew entering the Temple area had to immerse.’
      • ‘During the times of the Temple, Jews from around Israel would make pilgrimage to Jerusalem three times each year.’
      • ‘In that first foray, the Babylonians did not destroy the Temple, nor send the Jews into exile.’
      • ‘Hebrew music came achieved legendary fame as it was performed in the Temple of Jerusalem.’
    2. 1.2North American A synagogue.
      • ‘Early Jewish temples lie deep inside the hill in the Old City in Jerusalem.’
      • ‘Most temples here don't seem to want poor Jews to darken their doorsteps.’
      • ‘In the USA, synagogues are often called temples.’
      • ‘She attends a reformist Jewish temple in Mexico City.’
      • ‘We complain of losing our Jewish identity but Jewish temples and organizations don't seem to care.’
      • ‘We went to temple just 2 days a year.’
      • ‘There is no longer an active Jewish temple anywhere in Slovenia today.’
      • ‘I always taught in the temple where the Jews always meet.’
      • ‘We insist on the children going to temple’
      • ‘The elders of the temple turned Jesus over to the Romans.’
      • ‘Jesus was teaching in the synagogues and temples of Galilee.’
      • ‘The Jewish temple that was hosting one of the interfaith meetings.’
      • ‘He was considered a rabbi and attended temple.’
      • ‘I was a teenager reading the prayer books at temple’
      • ‘I am Jewish in every way except going to temple’
      • ‘I was subjected to going to temple at least twice a year’
      • ‘We were married by the rabbi of the temple I had attended as a child.’
    3. 1.3 A place of Christian public worship, especially a Protestant church in France.
      • ‘The art was too reminiscent of frescoes in temples or churches!’
      • ‘Funding for the temple came from both Church tithing funds and from private donations.’
      • ‘You can speak to members of your temples and churches.’
      • ‘He examines Huguenot temples, the symbol of the Protestant place in France.’
      holy place, church, chapel, tabernacle, altar, sanctuary, sanctum
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    4. 1.4 A thing regarded as holy or likened to a temple, especially a person's body.
      ‘June treats her body like a temple: she takes yoga classes every day’
      • ‘Our bodies are temples to purity and goodness.’
      • ‘The modern body has become a temple to which people pay deep attention.’
      • ‘The bible calls the body a temple of God.’
      • ‘Your body is your temple, and how you adorn it is up to you.’
      • ‘Our bodies are temples or vessels for His Spirit.’
      • ‘Your body is your temple and, as such, you should look after it.’
      • ‘The temple that is my body is starting to crumble.’
      • ‘He claims his body is a temple, and he could be right.’
      • ‘Gone is the barrel chest - Dan's body is now a temple.’
      • ‘Two unlikely newcomers enter the temple of her kitchen’
      • ‘We must remember that our bodies are temples and must be treated with reverence.’
      • ‘This was the new man, a guy whose body was his temple.’
      • ‘I believe my body is a temple and I give it every chance to heal itself’
      • ‘My body is a temple and a gift, and I need to treat it with respect.’
      • ‘Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit’
      • ‘He treats his body like a temple.’
      • ‘My church is the temple of my body, purified externally as well as internally.’
      • ‘They are positively dedicated to maintaining the temple of their bodies.’
      • ‘Guys today treat their bodies as temples and liquor is an abomination.’
      • ‘I was a finely-honed athlete, my body a temple.’
      • ‘It's not as though my body is a temple or anything.’
    5. 1.5 A place devoted to or seen as the centre of a particular activity or interest.
      ‘a temple of science’
      • ‘If you build a temple to high culture, the public will revel in it’
      • ‘We waited for our lunch at the city's newest temple to high Spanish cuisine’
      • ‘The piece was set in a gymnasium - a temple for the body.’
      • ‘Football remains a temple of traditional machismo’
      • ‘Millions of dollars have been spent to create this temple to retail commerce’
      • ‘They were working in a great temple to knowledge’
      • ‘What I was looking at was really a house, not some sort of temple to Art’
      • ‘The new centre's a glorious temple to big-name shopping.’
      • ‘He has made his own temple of education’
  • 2the TempleA group of buildings in Fleet Street, London, which stand on land formerly occupied by the headquarters of the Knights Templar. Located there are the Inner and Outer Temple, two of the Inns of Court.

    • ‘The Temple was the London residence of the Knights Templar until their dissolution.’

Origin

Old English templ, tempel, reinforced in Middle English by Old French temple, both from Latin templum ‘open or consecrated space’.

Pronunciation

temple

/ˈtɛmp(ə)l/

Main definitions of temple in English

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temple2

noun

  • The flat part of either side of the head between the forehead and the ear.

    ‘a man with curly hair greying at the temples’
    • ‘He dabbed the washcloth across her forehead and temples.’
    • ‘The patterns should be painted obliquely across the face, starting at the forehead and temples.’
    • ‘My forehead, mouth and temples have the tingling numbness, too.’
    • ‘She massaged his temples and forehead.’
    • ‘He had been shot in the forehead and the right temple.’
    • ‘Next comes the pain that invades your forehead, temples and the nape of your neck.’
    • ‘She closed her eyes, and he placed his hands flat against her temples.’
    • ‘She put her fingers to his temples and rubbed gently in circles.’
    • ‘She gently kissed his forehead and rubbed his temples.’
    • ‘Massage a few drops of the oil on the temples and across the forehead.’
    • ‘Hints of grey showed about the temples and forehead.’
    • ‘She rubbed her forehead and temples in an unsuccessful attempt to remove the headache.’
    • ‘Pain tends to radiate to the temple.’
    • ‘Jason bent over and kissed her on the temple.’
    • ‘His sleek dark hair was graying at the temples.’
    • ‘There as a scar that ran from his scalp to his temple.’
    • ‘He fell onto his side, his temple hitting the ground.’
    • ‘Sweat began to drop down his temples.’
    • ‘He suffered grazes to his forehead and right temple.’
    • ‘He placed his hand on each of her temples and let his forehead touch hers.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from an alteration of Latin tempora, plural of tempus ‘temple of the head’.

Pronunciation

temple

/ˈtɛmp(ə)l/

Main definitions of temple in English

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temple3

noun

  • A device in a loom for keeping the cloth stretched.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, perhaps ultimately the same word as temple.

Pronunciation

temple

/ˈtɛmp(ə)l/