Main definitions of temple in English

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temple1

noun

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

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