Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A building dedicated to religious ceremonies or worship.
  • n. Either of two successive buildings in ancient Jerusalem serving as the primary center for Jewish worship.
  • n. Judaism A synagogue, especially of a Reform congregation.
  • n. Mormon Church A building in which the sacred ordinances are administered.
  • n. Something regarded as having within it a divine presence.
  • n. A building used for meetings by any of several fraternal orders, especially the Knights Templars.
  • n. A building reserved for a highly valued function: the library, a temple of learning.
  • n. Either of two groups of buildings in London, the Inner Temple and the Middle Temple, that house two of the four Inns of Court and that occupy the site of the medieval Knights Templars establishment.
  • n. The flat region on either side of the forehead.
  • n. Either of the sidepieces of a frame for eyeglasses that extends along the temple and over the ear.
  • n. A device in a loom that keeps the cloth stretched to the correct width during weaving.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A building for worship.
  • n. The Jewish temple of Jerusalem, first built by Solomon.
  • n. Something regarded as holding religious presence.
  • n. Something of importance; something attended to.
  • n. A body.
  • n. Hands held together with forefingers outstretched and touching pad to pad, with the rest of the fingers clasped.
  • v. To build a temple for; to appropriate a temple to.
  • n. The slightly flatter region, on either side of the head, back of the eye and forehead, above the zygomatic arch and in front of the ear.
  • n. Either of the sidepieces on a set of spectacles, extending backwards from the hinge toward the ears and, usually, turning down around them.
  • n. A contrivance used in a loom for keeping the web stretched transversely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A contrivence used in a loom for keeping the web stretched transversely.
  • n. The space, on either side of the head, back of the eye and forehead, above the zygomatic arch and in front of the ear.
  • n. One of the side bars of a pair of spectacles, jointed to the bows, and passing one on either side of the head to hold the spectacles in place.
  • n. A place or edifice dedicated to the worship of some deity.
  • n. The edifice erected at Jerusalem for the worship of Jehovah.
  • n. Hence, among Christians, an edifice erected as a place of public worship; a church.
  • n. Fig.: Any place in which the divine presence specially resides.
  • n. A building dedicated to the administration of ordinances.
  • n. A local organization of Odd Fellows.
  • transitive v. To build a temple for; to appropriate a temple to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An edifice dedicated to the service of a deity or deities, and connected with a system of worship.
  • n. The religious edifice of the Jews in Jerusalem.
  • n. An edifice erected as a place of public worship; a church; in France, specifically, a Protestant church, as distinguished from a Roman Catholic place of worship, which alone is usually spoken of as a church (├ęglise).
  • n. Metaphorically, any place in which the divine presence specially resides.
  • n. [capitalized] The name of two semi-monastic establishments of the middle ages, one in London, the other in Paris, occupied by the Knights Templars.
  • n. An inn of court.
  • To build a temple for; appropriate a temple to; inclose in a temple.
  • n. The region of the head or skull behind the eye and forehead, above and mostly in front of the ear.
  • n. In entomology, the posterior part of the gena, or that immediately beneath the eye.
  • n. One of the bars sometimes added to the ends of spectacle-bows to give them a firmer hold on the head of the wearer. See spectacle, 5.
  • n. An ornament worn at the side of the head or covering the side of the head, mentioned in the fifteenth century as apparently sometimes of needlework, sometimes set with jewels.
  • n. An attachment to a loom for keeping the cloth stretched, while the reed beats the threads into place after each throw of the shuttle. One form is automatic, releasing the cloth and then stretching it after each stroke of the lay.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. place of worship consisting of an edifice for the worship of a deity
  • n. the flat area on either side of the forehead
  • n. (Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation
  • n. an edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English tempel, from Latin templum.
Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *tempula, from Latin tempora, pl. of tempus, temple of the head.
Middle English tempille, from Old French temple, possibly from Latin templum, small piece of timber.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • At my school, this is the affectionate nickname for the gymnasium.

    January 23, 2010

  • "the thin stretch of skin at the side of the forehead."

    August 1, 2009