- an edifice or place dedicated to the service or worship of a deity or deities.
- (usually initial capital letter) any of the three successive houses of worship in Jerusalem in use by the Jews in Biblical times, the first built by Solomon, the second by Zerubbabel, and the third by Herod.
- a synagogue, usually a Reform or Conservative one.
- an edifice erected as a place of public worship; a church, especially a large or imposing one.
- any place or object in which God dwells, as the body of a Christian. I Cor. 6:19.
- (in France) a Protestant church.
- (in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) a building devoted to administering sacred ordinances, principally that of eternal marriage.
- a building, usually large or pretentious, devoted to some public use: a temple of music.
- (initial capital letter) either of two establishments of the medieval Templars, one in London and the other in Paris.
- (initial capital letter) either of two groups of buildings (Inner Temple and Middle Temple) on the site of the Templars' former establishment in London, occupied by two of the Inns of Court.
- a building used by the Templars in the U.S.
- a building used by any of various fraternal orders.
Origin of temple1
- Anatomy. the flattened region on either side of the forehead in human beings.
- Zoology. a corresponding region in certain animals.
- Ophthalmology. either of the sidepieces of a pair of eyeglasses extending back above and often around the ears.
Origin of temple2
- a device in a loom for keeping the cloth stretched to the proper width during the weaving.
Origin of temple3
- ShirleyShirley Temple Black, 1928–2014, U.S. film actress, famous for child roles during the 1930s, and diplomat.
- Sir William,1628–99, English essayist and diplomat.
- a city in central Texas.
Related Words for templesanctuary, synagogue, house, mosque, pagoda, shrine, church, chapel, tabernacle, cathedral, pantheon
Examples from the Web for temple
Contemporary Examples of temple
She says she met Cosby, a Temple alumnus and big-time donor to the university, in November 2002.How Bill Cosby Allegedly Silenced His Accusers Through A Tabloid Smear Campaign
November 21, 2014
There are Egyptian influences and an imitation Hindu temple.The Postman Who Built a Palace in France…by Hand
November 20, 2014
She was told she and her future husband could not be married in a Mormon temple.Thank God! To the Church, This Transgender Woman Is Just a Skank
October 22, 2014
As alarming as parents might find those results, Dr. Temple cautions against jumping to any drastic conclusions.Sexting Is the New ‘First Base’
October 9, 2014
But my sister went to Temple University, so I spent a lot of time in Philly.Michael B. Jordan: Playing a Black Superhero in 'Fantastic Four' Is a 'Huge Responsibility'
September 28, 2014
Historical Examples of temple
She helped Geta to escape: they have both taken refuge in the Temple of Theseus.
The child was preserved, and brought up in the temple of Phœbus.
"And I will have the stone from the temple," cried Hordle John.
But his head was whirling round, the blood was gushing from his brow, his temple, his mouth.
Priestess of the Corn,' she called toward the temple, 'do you also mislead the people?'The Trail Book
- a building or place dedicated to the worship of a deity or deities
- a Mormon church
- US another name for a synagogue
- any Christian church, esp a large or imposing one
- any place or object regarded as a shrine where God makes himself present, esp the body of a person who has been sanctified or saved by grace
- a building regarded as the focus of an activity, interest, or practicea temple of the arts
Word Origin for temple
- the region on each side of the head in front of the ear and above the cheek boneRelated adjective: temporal
Word Origin for temple
- the part of a loom that keeps the cloth being woven stretched to the correct width
Word Origin for temple
- either of two buildings in London and Paris that belonged to the Templars. The one in London now houses two of the chief law societies
- any of three buildings or groups of buildings erected by the Jews in ancient Jerusalem for the worship of Jehovah
- Shirley, married name Shirley Temple Black. born 1928, US film actress and politician. Her films as a child star include Little Miss Marker (1934), Wee Willie Winkie (1937), and Heidi (1937). She was US ambassador to Ghana (1974–76) and to Czechoslovakia (1989–92)
- Sir William. 1628–99, English diplomat and essayist. He negotiated the Triple Alliance (1668) and the marriage of William of Orange to Mary II
- William. 1881–1944, English prelate and advocate of social reform; archbishop of Canterbury (1942–44)
Word Origin and History for temple
"building for worship," Old English tempel, from Latin templum "piece of ground consecrated for the taking of auspices, building for worship," of uncertain signification. Commonly referred either to PIE root *tem- "to cut," on notion of "place reserved or cut out," or to PIE root *temp- "to stretch," on notion of cleared space in front of an altar. Figurative sense of "any place regarded as occupied by divine presence" was in Old English. Applied to Jewish synagogues from 1590s.
"side of the forehead," early 14c., from Old French temple "side of the forehead" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *tempula (feminine singular), from Latin tempora, plural of tempus (genitive temporis) "side of the forehead," probably originally "the thin stretch of skin at the side of the forehead." Possibly associated with tempus span "timely space (for a mortal blow with a sword)," or from the notion of "stretched, thinnest part," which is the sense of cognate Old English ðunwange, literally "thin cheek."
- The flat region on either side of the forehead.
- Either of the sidepieces of a frame for eyeglasses that extends along the temple and over the ear.
The central place of worship for the Israelites. The first Temple was built in Jerusalem (see also Jerusalem) by King Solomon. The stone tablets received by Moses on Mount Sinai — tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written — were kept in the central chamber of Solomon's Temple. Solomon's Temple was later destroyed, as were two succeeding temples built on the site.