Definition of synagogue in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪnəɡɒɡ/


1A building in which Jews meet for religious worship or instruction.
Example sentences
  • During the past few years I have been giving workshops on the psychology of prayer at temples, synagogues, and Jewish book fairs nationwide.
  • They can't even go to the synagogue to fulfil their religious duties on the Sabbath.
  • So when you go there, you see mosques beside churches, Hindu temples beside Jewish synagogues.
1.1An occasion on which Jews meet in a synagogue for religious worship and instruction.
Example sentences
  • Despite the controversial nature of the film, 15 Orthodox synagogues have asked for a screening.
  • Not longer after that my mother began to attend a liberal synagogue, and I joined her.
  • At least some members of the evangelist's communities have parted company painfully with local synagogues.



Pronunciation: /sɪnəˈɡɒɡ(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • He tells the Thessalonians, who were Gentiles, not to act like Gentiles; that is, Paul writes to them as if they were Jewish, and he probably simply borrowed a standard synagogal homily.
  • Slater calculated that only seven of Nathan's melodies have been identified as synagogal music (four originally non-Jewish) and only two might have been ancient.
  • Similarly, the young Fromentin, a student of Cherubini at the Paris Conservatoire, was actively involved with synagogal musical reform in alignment with French practices.


Pronunciation: /sɪnəˈɡɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • A choir, the only choir in Poland which performs synagogical music, has been brought into being.
  • The social milieu of Hebrew poetry changed, rising from egalitarian synagogical circles to the elite upper class.
  • There was a significant influence by the synagogical worship in Palestine, where the majority of Christians originate from Jewry.


Middle English: via Old French and late Latin from Greek sunagōgē 'meeting', from sun- 'together' + agein 'bring'.

  • Despite its strong Jewish associations, this came via Old French and late Latin from Greek sunagōgē ‘meeting’, from sun- ‘together’ and agein ‘bring’.

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