Main definitions of temple in English

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temple1

noun

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

    • ‘Every day elephants bless thousands of Hindu devotees at temples all over India.’
    • ‘The Hindu worships at the temple and the Muslim at the mosque.’
    • ‘Thousands of devotees wait for the temples to open.’
    • ‘On these days they do not enter temples or home shrines, or approach holy men.’
    • ‘Hawaiians worshipped both in their homes and in open-air temples.’
    • ‘They come to the temple to offer worship.’
    • ‘They worship in the temple and practice yoga.’
    • ‘Their efforts have focused on the building of temples.’
    • ‘Worshippers hurried into the temple, praying to the gods to let them be spared.’
    • ‘Visitors to the temple used to worship the deity in the morning.’
    • ‘Thousands of Hindu temples and shrines were torn down.’
    • ‘Devotees flock to the temples to perform the ritual.’
    • ‘Hindus seek to find God on the inside while also worshiping God in the temples.’
    • ‘Obviously they take great pride in their temple buildings.’
    • ‘Volunteering is mutually beneficial for both the temple and the devotee.’
    • ‘The temple can hold 4,000 worshippers.’
    • ‘Those who allow Satan in their temple are opposing God.’
    • ‘Prayers for the temple and for its worship participants are given priority.’
    • ‘In Old Testament times people went to the temple to find God.’
    • ‘The other temple rituals are forms of collective worship.’
    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.
      • ‘They find the Temple defiled and turned into a pagan sanctuary.’
      • ‘From then on Jewish worship was focussed on the Temple.’
      • ‘Alexander was planning to destroy the Temple.’
      • ‘Jerusalem has been conquered and the Temple has been destroyed.’
      • ‘The area is marked by many ritual baths, in which every Jew entering the Temple area had to immerse.’
      • ‘There was only one place where sacrifice could be made - the Temple in Jerusalem.’
      • ‘The Romans destroyed our Temple.’
      • ‘The Temple of Jerusalem still retains a remarkable hold on the human imagination.’
      • ‘He will rebuild the Temple and bring world peace.’
      • ‘He told the Roman leadership to send a sacrifice to the Temple.’
      • ‘Hebrew music came achieved legendary fame as it was performed in the Temple of Jerusalem.’
      • ‘The Temple in Jerusalem was God's house and that was where He was to be worshipped.’
      • ‘The destruction of each Temple brought a period of Jewish history to an end.’
      • ‘We did not want non-Jews to enter our Temple.’
      • ‘I took a walk through the tunnel along the foundations of the Temple.’
      • ‘Prayers for the rebuilding of the Temple and Jerusalem are included in traditional daily worship.’
      • ‘The purpose of the Temple was to focus and amplify the experience of God's Presence.’
      • ‘In that first foray, the Babylonians did not destroy the Temple, nor send the Jews into exile.’
      • ‘The destruction of the Temple and the exile to Babylon represents a tremendous shock to the Jewish people.’
      • ‘During the times of the Temple, Jews from around Israel would make pilgrimage to Jerusalem three times each year.’
    2. 1.2North American A synagogue.
      • ‘Most temples here don't seem to want poor Jews to darken their doorsteps.’
      • ‘Jesus was teaching in the synagogues and temples of Galilee.’
      • ‘Early Jewish temples lie deep inside the hill in the Old City in Jerusalem.’
      • ‘We insist on the children going to temple’
      • ‘He was considered a rabbi and attended temple.’
      • ‘I am Jewish in every way except going to temple’
      • ‘I was subjected to going to temple at least twice a year’
      • ‘In the USA, synagogues are often called temples.’
      • ‘I always taught in the temple where the Jews always meet.’
      • ‘We were married by the rabbi of the temple I had attended as a child.’
      • ‘There is no longer an active Jewish temple anywhere in Slovenia today.’
      • ‘She attends a reformist Jewish temple in Mexico City.’
      • ‘We went to temple just 2 days a year.’
      • ‘The elders of the temple turned Jesus over to the Romans.’
      • ‘I was a teenager reading the prayer books at temple’
      • ‘We complain of losing our Jewish identity but Jewish temples and organizations don't seem to care.’
      • ‘The Jewish temple that was hosting one of the interfaith meetings.’
    3. 1.3 A place of Christian public worship, especially a Protestant church in France.
      • ‘Funding for the temple came from both Church tithing funds and from private donations.’
      • ‘You can speak to members of your temples and churches.’
      • ‘The art was too reminiscent of frescoes in temples or 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.’
      • ‘I was a finely-honed athlete, my body a temple.’
      • ‘I believe my body is a temple and I give it every chance to heal itself’
      • ‘The bible calls the body a temple of God.’
      • ‘Your body is your temple and, as such, you should look after it.’
      • ‘The modern body has become a temple to which people pay deep attention.’
      • ‘Your body is your temple, and how you adorn it is up to you.’
      • ‘He treats his body like a temple.’
      • ‘They are positively dedicated to maintaining the temple of their bodies.’
      • ‘Guys today treat their bodies as temples and liquor is an abomination.’
      • ‘Our bodies are temples or vessels for His Spirit.’
      • ‘Two unlikely newcomers enter the temple of her kitchen’
      • ‘The temple that is my body is starting to crumble.’
      • ‘He claims his body is a temple, and he could be right.’
      • ‘My church is the temple of my body, purified externally as well as internally.’
      • ‘My body is a temple and a gift, and I need to treat it with respect.’
      • ‘This was the new man, a guy whose body was his temple.’
      • ‘It's not as though my body is a temple or anything.’
      • ‘Gone is the barrel chest - Dan's body is now a temple.’
      • ‘We must remember that our bodies are temples and must be treated with reverence.’
      • ‘Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit’
    5. 1.5 A place devoted to or seen as the centre of a particular activity or interest.
      ‘a temple of science’
      • ‘Millions of dollars have been spent to create this temple to retail commerce’
      • ‘If you build a temple to high culture, the public will revel in it’
      • ‘The piece was set in a gymnasium - a temple for the body.’
      • ‘Football remains a temple of traditional machismo’
      • ‘He has made his own temple of education’
      • ‘What I was looking at was really a house, not some sort of temple to Art’
      • ‘We waited for our lunch at the city's newest temple to high Spanish cuisine’
      • ‘The new centre's a glorious temple to big-name shopping.’
      • ‘They were working in a great temple to knowledge’
  • 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 placed his hand on each of her temples and let his forehead touch hers.’
    • ‘She gently kissed his forehead and rubbed his temples.’
    • ‘Next comes the pain that invades your forehead, temples and the nape of your neck.’
    • ‘She rubbed her forehead and temples in an unsuccessful attempt to remove the headache.’
    • ‘The patterns should be painted obliquely across the face, starting at the forehead and temples.’
    • ‘Pain tends to radiate to the temple.’
    • ‘Hints of grey showed about the temples and forehead.’
    • ‘She put her fingers to his temples and rubbed gently in circles.’
    • ‘She massaged his temples and forehead.’
    • ‘His sleek dark hair was graying at the temples.’
    • ‘There as a scar that ran from his scalp to his temple.’
    • ‘Jason bent over and kissed her on the temple.’
    • ‘Massage a few drops of the oil on the temples and across the forehead.’
    • ‘My forehead, mouth and temples have the tingling numbness, too.’
    • ‘She closed her eyes, and he placed his hands flat against her temples.’
    • ‘He suffered grazes to his forehead and right temple.’
    • ‘He had been shot in the forehead and the right temple.’
    • ‘He dabbed the washcloth across her forehead and temples.’
    • ‘He fell onto his side, his temple hitting the ground.’
    • ‘Sweat began to drop down his temples.’

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/