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

Examples of synagogue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Passover is the one major Jewish holiday where the service is conducted at home and not in a synagogue. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "Here's What Goes on the Passover Seder Plate and Why," 3 Apr. 2020 Funeral services can be held in synagogue, at a funeral home, or graveside. USA TODAY, "Overview of religious funeral traditions," 24 Mar. 2020 Only a few people could be heard making noise in the synagogue during the same points of the reading. Kaya Yurieff And Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Finding God online: People turn to live-streaming religious services during coronavirus pandemic," 13 Mar. 2020 The service that followed was the largest in the synagogue for 60 years. The Economist, "Welcome back, sort of The Egyptian government is sending Jews mixed signals," 20 Feb. 2020 Six months to the day after the Tree of Life massacre, on April 27, 2019 — the last day of Passover — there was another deadly attack in a synagogue outside of San Diego. Stephanie Beach, Teen Vogue, "Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020: Anti-Semitism Is Still Poisoning Our Nation," 27 Jan. 2020 Shortly after the attack, Rabbi Rottenberg continued the event in a nearby synagogue. CBS News, "Witness describes confronting suspect at Hanukkah celebration stabbing," 30 Dec. 2019 Eleven days before the election, on Saturday, October 27, a vicious shooting rampage by an unhinged alt-right and anti-Semitic terrorist (and Trump opponent) inside a Pittsburgh synagogue left eleven worshippers dead. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The 2018 Blue Wave That Wasn’t, Really," 17 Mar. 2020 Robert Bowers, charged with gunning down 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue, pleaded not guilty to hate crimes and dozens of other counts., "This day in history," 11 Feb. 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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18 May 2020

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“Synagogue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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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