Definition of temenos in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmənɒs/

noun (plural temenoi /ˈtɛmənɔɪ/)

A piece of ground surrounding or adjacent to a temple; a sacred enclosure or precinct.
Example sentences
  • According to him, the maidens were able to enter the temenos (sacred precinct) unharmed over a number of years, despite the vigilance of the inhabitants of Ilion.
  • Extensive quarrying in Byzantine times has removed all evidence of earlier levels here, but topographically a main entrance into the temenos on Temple Hill in antiquity on this side makes the most sense.
  • This was a typical Romano-Celtic temple set inside a larger temenos, built before AD 100 and probably remaining in use up to the C5.


Early 19th century: from Greek, from the stem of temnein 'cut off'.

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