syn·​a·​gogue | \ ˈsi-nə-ˌgäg How to pronounce synagogue (audio) \
variants: or less commonly synagog

Definition of synagogue

1 : a Jewish congregation
2 : the house of worship and communal center of a Jewish congregation

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Other Words from synagogue

synagogal \ ˌsi-​nə-​ˈgä-​gəl How to pronounce synagogal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of synagogue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is rarely as loud or sustained an outcry when a synagogue is attacked or a Jewish person is killed for his faith. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Anti-Semitic posts — and tepid reactions — should enrage us," 12 July 2020 Merkaz President Andy Schwartz announced on May 20 that the board subsequently voted to dissolve the synagogue at the end of the fiscal year. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, "'There is a sadness, but there's also a joy': Phoenix synagogue disbanding after 12 years," 28 June 2020 Bayless Feldman said membership grew through word of mouth and social media, but that that the synagogue at most had about 50 families. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, "'There is a sadness, but there's also a joy': Phoenix synagogue disbanding after 12 years," 28 June 2020 Emmanuel Episcopal Church has been sharing space with Temple Sinai, a Reform synagogue, since its former location at 15015 Memorial Drive was flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Real estate transactions: Medical office building breaks ground on Woman's Hospital of Texas campus," 26 June 2020 He's met heroes and survivors from other mass shootings, including police officers who responded last year in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who survived the 2018 attack on Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Jury foreman can't forgive Charleston shooter, and he's disgusted over black people still killed for nothing," 17 June 2020 Their house was looted and their synagogue ransacked. Corey Kilgannon,, "Eva Konrad Hawkins, Marine Scientist Who Fled Hungary, Dies at 90," 12 June 2020 Most Jewish denominations have emphasized the need to keep synagogue buildings closed. Jeffrey Wheatley, The Conversation, "Are religious communities reviving the revival? In the US, outdoor worship has a long tradition," 10 June 2020 Photojournalist was part of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette team that in 2019 won the paper a Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s highest accolade, for its breaking news coverage of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre. Washington Post, "Pittsburgh paper accused of barring black reporters from covering protests, censoring stories," 7 June 2020

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First Known Use of synagogue

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for synagogue

Middle English synagoge, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin synagoga, from Greek synagōgē assembly, synagogue, from synagein to bring together, from syn- + agein to lead — more at agent

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The first known use of synagogue was in the 13th century

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23 Jul 2020

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“Synagogue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of synagogue

: a building that is used for Jewish religious services


variants: also synagog \ ˈsi-​nə-​ˌgäg \

Kids Definition of synagogue

: a Jewish house of worship

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