Definitions for templeˈtɛm pəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tem•pleˈtɛm pəl(n.)

  1. an edifice or place dedicated to the service or worship of a deity.

  2. (usu. cap.) any of the three successive houses of worship in Jerusalem in use by the Jews in Biblical times.

    Category: Judaism

  3. a synagogue.

    Category: Judaism

  4. a church, esp. a large or imposing one.

  5. any place or object in which God dwells, as the body of a Christian. I Cor. 6:19.

    Category: Religion

  6. (in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) a building for sacred ordinances.

    Category: Religion

  7. any large or pretentious public building.

  8. (cap.) either of two groups of buildings on the site of the Templars' former establishment in London, occupied by two of the Inns of Court.

    Category: British

  9. a building used by a fraternal order.

    Category: Western History

Origin of temple:

bef. 900; ME, var. of tempel, OE < L templum space demarcated by an augur for taking auspices, temple

tem•pleˈtɛm pəl(n.)

  1. the region of the face that lies on either side of the forehead.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  2. either of the sidepieces of a pair of eyeglasses extending back above the ears.

    Category: Ophthalmology

Origin of temple:

1275–1325; ME < MF < VL *tempula, for L tempora the temples, pl. (taken as fem. sing.) of tempus temple

Tem•pleˈtɛm pəl(n.)

  1. Shirley (Shirley Temple Black), born 1928, U.S. film actress and diplomat.

    Category: Biography

  2. Sir William, 1628–99, English essayist and diplomat.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. temple(noun)

    place of worship consisting of an edifice for the worship of a deity

  2. temple(noun)

    the flat area on either side of the forehead

    "the veins in his temple throbbed"

  3. temple(noun)

    an edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes

  4. synagogue, temple, tabernacle(noun)

    (Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. temple(noun)ˈtɛm pəl

    a religious building in some religions

    a Buddhist temple

  2. templeˈtɛm pəl

    one of the soft areas on either side of your forehead


  1. temple(Noun)

    A contrivance used in a loom for keeping the web stretched transversely.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Temple(noun)

    a contrivence used in a loom for keeping the web stretched transversely

  2. Temple(noun)

    the space, on either side of the head, back of the eye and forehead, above the zygomatic arch and in front of the ear

  3. Temple(noun)

    one of the side bars of a pair of spectacles, jointed to the bows, and passing one on either side of the head to hold the spectacles in place

  4. Temple(noun)

    a place or edifice dedicated to the worship of some deity; as, the temple of Jupiter at Athens, or of Juggernaut in India

  5. Temple(noun)

    the edifice erected at Jerusalem for the worship of Jehovah

  6. Temple(noun)

    hence, among Christians, an edifice erected as a place of public worship; a church

  7. Temple(noun)

    fig.: Any place in which the divine presence specially resides

  8. Temple(verb)

    to build a temple for; to appropriate a temple to; as, to temple a god


  1. Temple

    A temple is a structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities, such as prayer and sacrifice, or analogous rites. A templum constituted a sacred precinct as defined by a priest, or augur. It has the same root as the word "template," a plan in preparation of the building that was marked out on the ground by the augur. Templa also became associated with the dwelling places of a god or gods. Despite the specific set of meanings associated with the religion of the ancient Rome, the word has now become quite widely used to describe a house of worship for any number of religions and is even used for time periods prior to the Romans.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. temple

    A place other than a bed, where one takes one's shoes off. (There are Jewish temples, pagan temples and money temples, but no Christian temples: the latter has no need of them, because Christian religion is the only one in the world in which its believers and followers practise exactly what its Founder taught. Each Christian may point to himself and say proudly, "Ecce Temple," hence, etc., etc., etc.)

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'temple' in Nouns Frequency: #1793

Anagrams of temple

  1. Pelmet

Translations for temple

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a building in which people worship, usually as part of a non-Christian religion

a Greek/Hindu temple.

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