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

Other Words from synagogue

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

Examples of synagogue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sundheim was a lifelong member of the North Shore Congregation Israel synagogue in Glencoe, Illinois, and spent decades there as a staffer. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 7 July 2022 As of 2020, for the first time since Gallup began asking the question in 1937, less than half of Americans belong to a church, synagogue, or mosque. Cassady Rosenblum, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2022 Consider giving locally to your favorite community organization, church or synagogue for their charitable efforts specific to your cause. Nancy L. Anderson, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Elsewhere in the ancient synagogue, other mosaics depict scenes from the Book of Judges, Magness tells Religion News Service. Lucia Cheng, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 July 2022 Jacki Sundheim was a dedicated, lifelong congregant and a staff member at North Shore Congregation Israel for decades, according to the synagogue, which confirmed her death in a statement on its website. Cady Stanton, USA TODAY, 5 July 2022 The synagogue is located on Sheridan Road in Glencoe, Illinois, neighboring Highland Park. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 5 July 2022 Standing under an outdoor tent at the largest synagogue in Michigan, a group of rabbis on stage held up a piece of black cloth. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 30 June 2022 The synagogue's lawsuit also argues that the law, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in April, violates the state constitution's privacy protections. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 28 June 2022 See More

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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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“Synagogue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of synagogue

: a Jewish house of worship


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