temple

noun (1)
tem·​ple | \ˈtem-pəl \

Definition of temple 

(Entry 1 of 7)

1 : a building for religious practice: such as

a often capitalized : either of two successive national sanctuaries in ancient Jerusalem

b : a building for Mormon sacred ordinances

c : the house of worship of Reform and some Conservative Jewish congregations

2 : a local lodge of any of various fraternal orders also : the building housing it

3 : a place devoted to a special purpose a temple of cuisine

temple

noun (2)

Definition of temple (Entry 2 of 7)

1 : the flattened space on each side of the forehead of some mammals including humans

2 : one of the side supports of a pair of glasses jointed to the bows and passing on each side of the head

Temple

biographical name (1)
Tem·​ple | \ˈtem-pəl \

Definition of Temple (Entry 3 of 7)

Frederick 1821–1902 archbishop of Canterbury (1896–1902)

Temple

biographical name (2)

Definition of Temple (Entry 4 of 7)

Shirley 1928–2014 Shirley Temple Black American actress and diplomat

Temple

biographical name (3)

Definition of Temple (Entry 5 of 7)

Sir William 1628–1699 British statesman

Temple

biographical name (4)

Definition of Temple (Entry 6 of 7)

William 1881–1944 son of Frederick Temple archbishop of Canterbury (1942–44)

Temple

geographical name
Tem·​ple | \ˈtem-pəl \

Definition of Temple (Entry 7 of 7)

city in northeast central Texas south-southwest of Waco population 66,102

Other Words from temple

Noun (1)

templed \ ˈtem-​pəld \ adjective

First Known Use of temple

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for temple

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English & Anglo-French; Old English tempel & Anglo-French temple, both from Latin templum space marked out for observation of auguries, temple, small timber; probably akin to Greek temenos sacred precinct, temnein to cut — more at tome

Noun (2)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *tempula, alteration of Latin tempora (plural) temples

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temple

noun
tem·​ple | \ˈtem-pəl \

Kids Definition of temple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a building for worship

temple

noun

Kids Definition of temple (Entry 2 of 2)

: the flattened space on either side of the forehead

temple

noun
tem·​ple | \ˈtem-pəl \

Medical Definition of temple 

1 : the flattened space on each side of the forehead of some mammals (as humans)

2 : one of the side supports of a pair of glasses jointed to the bows and passing on each side of the head

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