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[sin-uh-gog, -gawg] /ˈsɪn əˌgɒg, -ˌgɔg/
a Jewish house of worship, often having facilities for religious instruction.
an assembly or congregation of Jews for the purpose of religious worship.
the Jewish religion; Judaism.
Origin of synagogue
1125-75; Middle English synagoge < Late Latin synagōga < Greek synagōgḗ assembly, meeting, equivalent to syn- syn- + agōgḗ, noun use of feminine of agōgós (adj.) gathering, derivative of ágein to bring, lead; akin to Latin agere to drive
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[sin-uh-goj-i-kuh l] /ˌsɪn əˈgɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
[sin-uh-gog-uh l, -gaw-guh l] /ˈsɪn əˌgɒg əl, -ˌgɔ gəl/ (Show IPA),
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  • Damascus contains a Mohammedan mosque, called "the synagogue of Damascus," a building of unequalled magnificence.

  • The synagogue has nothing to offer to the faithful which he cannot find in his own tent.

    Zionism and Anti-Semitism Max Simon Nordau
  • As he returns home from the synagogue on the Sabbath eve, every man is accompanied by two angels, one good, the other evil.

  • My mother calls me for the third time to go with my father to the synagogue.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • The pleasure ship was a synagogue, and the pleasure trip was a funeral excursion without a corpse.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for synagogue


  1. a building for Jewish religious services and usually also for religious instruction
  2. (as modifier): synagogue services
a congregation of Jews who assemble for worship or religious study
the religion of Judaism as organized in such congregations
Derived Forms
synagogical (ˌsɪnəˈɡɒdʒɪkəl), synagogal (ˈsɪnəˌɡɒɡəl) adjective
Word Origin
C12: from Old French sinagogue, from Late Latin synagōga, from Greek sunagōgē a gathering, from sunagein to bring together, from syn- + agein to lead
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for synagogue

late 12c., from Old French sinagoge (11c.), from Late Latin synagoga "congregation of Jews," from Greek synagoge "place of assembly, synagogue," literally "meeting, assembly," from synagein "to gather, assemble," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + agein "bring, lead" (see act). Used by Greek translators of the Old Testament as a loan-translation of late Hebrew keneseth "assembly" (cf. beth keneseth "synagogue," literally "house of assembly.")

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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synagogue in Culture
synagogue [(sin-uh-gog)]

In Judaism, a house of worship and learning; also, the congregation that meets there.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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