or syn·a·gog

[ 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.

Words nearby synagogue

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


syn·a·gog·i·cal [sin-uh-goj-i-kuh l] /ˌsɪn əˈgɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, syn·a·gog·al [sin-uh-gog-uh l, -gaw-guh l] /ˈsɪn əˌgɒg əl, -ˌgɔ gəl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for synagogue

/ (ˈsɪnəˌɡɒɡ) /


  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 of synagogue

synagogical (ˌsɪnəˈɡɒdʒɪkəl) or synagogal (ˈsɪnəˌɡɒɡəl), adjective

Word Origin for synagogue

C12: from Old French sinagogue, from Late Latin synagōga, from Greek sunagōgē a gathering, from sunagein to bring together, from syn- + agein to lead
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Cultural definitions for synagogue

[ (sin-uh-gog) ]

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

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