Main definitions of temple in US English:

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temple1

noun

  • 1A building devoted to the worship, or regarded as the dwelling place, of a god or gods or other objects of religious reverence.

    • ‘The Hindu worships at the temple and the Muslim at the mosque.’
    • ‘Their efforts have focused on the building of temples.’
    • ‘Thousands of Hindu temples and shrines were torn down.’
    • ‘Devotees flock to the temples to perform the ritual.’
    • ‘Those who allow Satan in their temple are opposing God.’
    • ‘Hawaiians worshipped both in their homes and in open-air temples.’
    • ‘Every day elephants bless thousands of Hindu devotees at temples all over India.’
    • ‘Obviously they take great pride in their temple buildings.’
    • ‘They worship in the temple and practice yoga.’
    • ‘Volunteering is mutually beneficial for both the temple and the devotee.’
    • ‘In Old Testament times people went to the temple to find God.’
    • ‘Hindus seek to find God on the inside while also worshiping God in the temples.’
    • ‘They come to the temple to offer worship.’
    • ‘Thousands of devotees wait for the temples to open.’
    • ‘Prayers for the temple and for its worship participants are given priority.’
    • ‘Visitors to the temple used to worship the deity in the morning.’
    • ‘On these days they do not enter temples or home shrines, or approach holy men.’
    • ‘Worshippers hurried into the temple, praying to the gods to let them be spared.’
    • ‘The temple can hold 4,000 worshippers.’
    • ‘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 Western Wall.
      • ‘From then on Jewish worship was focussed on the Temple.’
      • ‘He told the Roman leadership to send a sacrifice to the Temple.’
      • ‘The area is marked by many ritual baths, in which every Jew entering the Temple area had to immerse.’
      • ‘He will rebuild the Temple and bring world peace.’
      • ‘The Romans destroyed our Temple.’
      • ‘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 Temple in Jerusalem was God's house and that was where He was to be worshipped.’
      • ‘Hebrew music came achieved legendary fame as it was performed in the Temple of Jerusalem.’
      • ‘The destruction of each Temple brought a period of Jewish history to an end.’
      • ‘They find the Temple defiled and turned into a pagan sanctuary.’
      • ‘The destruction of the Temple and the exile to Babylon represents a tremendous shock to the Jewish people.’
      • ‘In that first foray, the Babylonians did not destroy the Temple, nor send the Jews into exile.’
      • ‘The Temple of Jerusalem still retains a remarkable hold on the human imagination.’
      • ‘Jerusalem has been conquered and the Temple has been destroyed.’
      • ‘Prayers for the rebuilding of the Temple and Jerusalem are included in traditional daily worship.’
      • ‘Alexander was planning to destroy the Temple.’
      • ‘There was only one place where sacrifice could be made - the Temple in Jerusalem.’
      • ‘I took a walk through the tunnel along the foundations of the Temple.’
      • ‘We did not want non-Jews to enter our Temple.’
    2. 1.2the Temple A group of buildings in Fleet Street in London that 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.’
    3. 1.3North American A synagogue.
      • ‘I was subjected to going to temple at least twice a year’
      • ‘I always taught in the temple where the Jews always meet.’
      • ‘We complain of losing our Jewish identity but Jewish temples and organizations don't seem to care.’
      • ‘In the USA, synagogues are often called temples.’
      • ‘There is no longer an active Jewish temple anywhere in Slovenia today.’
      • ‘Most temples here don't seem to want poor Jews to darken their doorsteps.’
      • ‘Jesus was teaching in the synagogues and temples of Galilee.’
      • ‘The Jewish temple that was hosting one of the interfaith meetings.’
      • ‘Early Jewish temples lie deep inside the hill in the Old City in Jerusalem.’
      • ‘I am Jewish in every way except going to temple’
      • ‘The elders of the temple turned Jesus over to the Romans.’
      • ‘She attends a reformist Jewish temple in Mexico City.’
      • ‘I was a teenager reading the prayer books at temple’
      • ‘He was considered a rabbi and attended temple.’
      • ‘We went to temple just 2 days 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.’
    4. 1.4 A place of Christian public worship, especially a Protestant church in France.
      • ‘The art was too reminiscent of frescoes in temples or churches!’
      • ‘You can speak to members of your temples and churches.’
      • ‘He examines Huguenot temples, the symbol of the Protestant place in France.’
      • ‘Funding for the temple came from both Church tithing funds and from private donations.’
      holy place, church, chapel, tabernacle, altar, sanctuary, sanctum
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

temple

/ˈtempəl//ˈtɛmpəl/

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

temple

/ˈtempəl//ˈtɛmpəl/

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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

/ˈtempəl//ˈtɛmpəl/

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Temple4

proper noun

  • An industrial and commercial city in central Texas; population 59,654 (est. 2008).

Pronunciation

Temple

/ˈtɛmpəl//ˈtempəl/