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 synagogue (audio) \ adjective

Examples of synagogue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The synagogue’s director was reportedly inundated with offers of support afterward, not only from the Jewish community but from non-Jewish institutions and residents as well. Lynda Schuster, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 Group emails from two churches and a synagogue suggested the standards be reduced to make the cost of living in Deerfield even more affordable. Steve Sadin,, 12 Oct. 2021 But more recently, she hasn’t been involved with a synagogue or any form of organized Jewish life — putting her in line with a large portion of American Jews. Philissa Cramer,, 6 Oct. 2021 That's one count for every person who was inside the synagogue, according to federal prosecutrors. Ray Sanchez And Stella Chan, CNN, 30 Sep. 2021 Provocative pro-Palestinian protests outside a Jewish synagogue are protected by the Constitution’s First Amendment, a federal court appeals said Wednesday. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021 On Wednesday afternoon, police had cordoned off the synagogue after receiving tips about a possible attack. Kirsten Grieshaber, ajc, 16 Sep. 2021 Another Temple Beth El, in Augusta, Maine, also will require masks inside the synagogue. cleveland, 14 Sep. 2021 Tashlich and shofar blowing ceremonies at B’nai Moshe synagogue's three different locations in Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield and Huntington Woods on Rosh Hashanah afternoon. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 6 Sep. 2021

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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 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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