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

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The money will go toward fixing any damage the shooting caused to the synagogue itself, as well as to the victim's families. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Moving On and Making a Difference in the Wake of the Tree of Life Shooting," 2 Nov. 2018 The new school will be located inside a Jewish synagogue at 5125 Shadowbend Place in Panther Creek. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Globally-minded religious school plans to open in The Woodlands," 1 June 2018 Former president of the Tree of Life synagogue Lynette Lederman echoed their sentiment on CNN on Monday. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Pittsburgh Jewish Leaders to President Trump: Unless You Denounce White Nationalism, You're Not Welcome Here," 29 Oct. 2018 Moss rubbed the face and top of his bust, then delivered a sermon worthy of any church or synagogue. Barry Wilner, Fox News, "Ray Lewis urges togetherness, love in Hall of Fame speech," 5 Aug. 2018 How could a man who watched from the sidelines as the Germans torched Polish villages later design synagogues and an Israeli nuclear-research reactor? Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times, "A closer look at three National Book Critics Circle finalists," 20 Feb. 2019 Without their endowments these cathedrals, chapels and synagogues couldn’t keep the lights on. WSJ, "What to Do With Empty Churches," 31 Jan. 2019 When someone has gone through a traumatic event, they can also be triggered and re-traumatized by current events in the news, such as the Kavanaugh hearings or Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. Rachel Anspach, Teen Vogue, "Trump's Policies Are Increasing Teen Stress and Eroding Mental Health," 12 Nov. 2018 But even the humblest synagogues were designed to reflect a heavenly reality. Leslie Camhi, ELLE Decor, "Inside the World's Most Beautiful Synagogues," 5 Nov. 2018

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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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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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