There are 3 main definitions of temple in English:

temple1

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmp(ə)l
 
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noun

1A building devoted to the worship of a god or gods.
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  • 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 Wailing Wall.
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  • The Romans destroyed our Temple.
  • Jerusalem has been conquered and the Temple has been destroyed.
  • Alexander was planning to destroy the Temple.
1.2North American A synagogue.
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  • 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.
1.3A place of Christian public worship, especially a Protestant church in France.
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  • 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!
1.4A thing regarded as holy or likened to a temple, especially a person’s body: June treats her body like a temple: she takes yoga classes every day
[with biblical allusion to 1 Corinthians 6:19]
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  • Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit
  • Our bodies are temples or vessels for His Spirit.
  • We must remember that our bodies are temples and must be treated with reverence.
1.5A place devoted to or seen as the centre of a particular activity or interest: a temple of science
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  • The new centre's a glorious temple to big-name shopping.
  • The piece was set in a gymnasium - a temple for the body.
  • What I was looking at was really a house, not some sort of temple to Art
2 (the Temple) A group of buildings in Fleet Street, London, which 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.
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  • The Temple was the London residence of the Knights Templar until their dissolution.

Origin

Old English templ, tempel, reinforced in Middle English by Old French temple, both from Latin templum 'open or consecrated space'.

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There are 3 main definitions of temple in English:

temple2

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmp(ə)l
 
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noun

The flat part of either side of the head between the forehead and the ear: a man with curly hair greying at the temples
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  • 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.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from an alteration of Latin tempora, plural of tempus 'temple of the head'.

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There are 3 main definitions of temple in English:

temple3

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmp(ə)l
 
/

noun

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, perhaps ultimately the same word as temple2.

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