temporal

1
[ tem-per-uhl, tem-pruhl ]
/ ˈtɛm pər əl, ˈtɛm prəl /

adjective

noun Usually temporals .

a temporal possession, estate, or the like; temporality.
something that is temporal; a temporal matter or affair.

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Origin of temporal

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1300–50; Middle English (adj. and noun) <Latin temporālis, equivalent to tempor- (stem of tempus) time + -ālis-al1

OTHER WORDS FROM temporal

tem·po·ral·ly, adverbtem·po·ral·ness, noun

Definition for temporal (2 of 2)

temporal2
[ tem-per-uhl, tem-pruhl ]
/ ˈtɛm pər əl, ˈtɛm prəl /
Anatomy, Zoology

adjective

of, relating to, or situated near the temple or a temporal bone.

noun

any of several parts in the temporal region, especially the temporal bone.

Origin of temporal

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1535–45; <Late Latin temporālis, equivalent to tempor- (stem of tempus) temple2 + -ālis-al1
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British Dictionary definitions for temporal (1 of 2)

temporal1
/ (ˈtɛmpərəl, ˈtɛmprəl) /

adjective

of or relating to time
of or relating to secular as opposed to spiritual or religious affairsthe lords spiritual and temporal
lasting for a relatively short time
grammar of or relating to tense or the linguistic expression of time in generala temporal adverb

Derived forms of temporal

temporally, adverbtemporalness, noun

Word Origin for temporal

C14: from Latin temporālis, from tempus time

British Dictionary definitions for temporal (2 of 2)

temporal2
/ (ˈtɛmpərəl, ˈtɛmprəl) /

adjective

anatomy of, relating to, or near the temple or temples

Word Origin for temporal

C16: from Late Latin temporālis belonging to the temples; see temple ²
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Medical definitions for temporal

temporal
[ tĕmpər-əl, tĕmprəl ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or near the temples of the skull.
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Scientific definitions for temporal

temporal
[ tĕmpər-əl ]

Relating to or near the bones that form the sides and part of the base of the skull.
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