- 1A building devoted to the worship, or regarded as the dwelling place, of a god or gods or other objects of religious reverence.More example sentences
- Prayers for the temple and for its worship participants are given priority.
- Devotees flock to the temples to perform the ritual.
- Hindus seek to find God on the inside while also worshiping God in the temples.
- 1.1 (the Temple) Either of two successive religious buildings of the Jews in Jerusalem. The first (957–586 bc) was built by Solomon and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar; it contained the Ark of the Covenant. The second (515 bc- ad 70) was enlarged by Herod the Great from 20 bc and destroyed by the Romans during a Jewish revolt; all that remains is the Western Wall.More example sentences
- The Romans destroyed our Temple.
- Jerusalem has been conquered and the Temple has been destroyed.
- Alexander was planning to destroy the Temple.
- 1.2 (the Temple) A group of buildings in Fleet Street in London that stand on land formerly occupied by the headquarters of the Knights Templar. Located there are the Inner and Outer Temple, two of the Inns of Court.More example sentences
- The Temple was the London residence of the Knights Templar until their dissolution.
- 1.3North American A synagogue.More example sentences
- In the USA, synagogues are often called temples.
- I always taught in the temple where the Jews always meet.
- We were married by the rabbi of the temple I had attended as a child.
- 1.4A place of Christian public worship, especially a Protestant church in France.More example sentences
- He examines Huguenot temples, the symbol of the Protestant place in France.
- You can speak to members of your temples and churches.
- The art was too reminiscent of frescoes in temples or churches!
Old English templ, tempel, reinforced in Middle English by Old French temple, both from Latin templum 'open or consecrated space'.
- The flat part of either side of the head between the forehead and the ear.More example sentences
- He had been shot in the forehead and the right temple.
- Next comes the pain that invades your forehead, temples and the nape of your neck.
- Hints of grey showed about the temples and forehead.
Middle English: from Old French, from an alteration of Latin tempora, plural of tempus 'temple of the head'.