Tem·​plar | \ ˈtem-plər How to pronounce Templar (audio) \

Definition of Templar

1 : a knight of a religious military order established in the early 12th century in Jerusalem for the protection of pilgrims and the Holy Sepulcher

First Known Use of Templar

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Templar

Middle English templer, templere, borrowed from Anglo-French templer, templier, borrowed from Medieval Latin templārius, from Templum, the Knights Templar, originally "The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem" (Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Salomonici Hierosolemitani, so named because their early headquarters were located on Temple Mount in Jerusalem) + Latin -ārius -ary entry 1 — more at temple entry 1

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“Templar.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Templar. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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