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Meaning of temple by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: tĕm'p( ə )l, IPA: /ˈtɛmp( ə )l/, X-SAMPA: /"tEmp( @ )l/
    • Rhymes: -ɛmpəl

    Etymology 1

    Ryusenji temple in Osaka, Japan.

    From Middle English temple, from Old English templ, from Latin templum ( “shrine, temple, area for auspices” ) .


    temple ( plural: temples )

    1. A building for worship .
      "A temple of Zeus."
    2. ( often capitalized ) The Jewish temple of Jerusalem, first built by Solomon .
    3. ( French ), Sometimes used to describe a protestant church in French-speaking nations .
    4. Something regarded as holding religious presence .
    5. Something of importance; something attended to .
      My body is my temple .
    6. ( obsolete ) a body
    7. Hands held together with forefingers outstretched and touching pad to pad, with the rest of the fingers clasped.
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    Etymology 2

    Temple in anatomy

    From Middle English temple, from Old French temple, from Latin tempora ( “the temples” ), plural of tempus ( “temple, head, face” ) ( see "temporal bone" )


    temple ( plural: temples )

    1. ( anatomy ) The slightly flatter region, on either side of the head, back of the eye and forehead, above the zygomatic arch and in front of the ear .
    2. ( ophthalmology ) Either of the sidepieces on a set of spectacles, extending backwards from the hinge toward the ears and, usually, turning down around them .
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    Etymology 3

    From Latin templum ( “a small timber, a purlin” ); compare templet and template .

    External links

    • temple in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • temple in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of temple by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the place of worship for a Jewish congregation

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

    3. an edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes

    4. the flat area on either side of the forehead

    5. the veins in his temple throbbed

    Definition of temple by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Temple n. [Cf. Templet.] ( Weaving ) A contrivence used in a loom for keeping the web stretched transversely.

    2. Temple, n. [OF. temple, F. tempe, from L. tempora, tempus; perhaps originally, the right place, the fatal spot, supposed to be the same word as tempus, temporis, the fitting or appointed time. See Temporal of time, and cf. Tempo, Tense, n.]
      1. ( Anat. ) The space, on either side of the head, back of the eye and forehead, above the zygomatic arch and in front of the ear.

      2. 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.

    3. Temple, n. [AS. tempel, from L. templum a space marked out, sanctuary, temple; cf. Gr. a piece of land marked off, land dedicated to a god: cf. F. témple, from the Latin. Cf. Contemplate.]
      1. A place or edifice dedicated to the worship of some deity; as, “the temple of Jupiter at Athens, or of Juggernaut in India”. “The temple of mighty Mars.” Chaucer.

      2. ( Jewish Antiq. ) The edifice erected at Jerusalem for the worship of Jehovah.

      Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch. John x. 23.

      3. Hence, among Christians, an edifice erected as a place of public worship; a church.

      Can he whose life is a perpetual insult to the authority of God enter with any pleasure a temple consecrated to devotion and sanctified by prayer? Buckminster.

      4. Fig.: Any place in which the divine presence specially resides. “The temple of his body.” John ii. 21.

      Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you? 1 Cor. iii. 16.

      The groves were God's first temples. Bryant.

      5. ( Mormon Ch. ) A building dedicated to the administration of ordinances.

      6. A local organization of Odd Fellows.

      Inner Temple, and Middle Temple, two buildings, or ranges of buildings, occupied by two inns of court in London, on the site of a monastic establishment of the Knights Templars, called the Temple.

    4. Temple v. t. To build a temple for; to appropriate a temple to; as, “to temple a god”. [R.] Feltham.