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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tem"ple
A contrivence used in a loom for keeping the web stretched transversely.

Etymology: Cf. Templet

noun Tem"ple
Senses
  1. [Anat] The space, on either side of the head, back of the eye and forehead, above the zygomatic arch and in front of the ear.
  2. 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.

Etymology: OF. temple, F. tempe, from L. tempora tempus; perhaps originally, the right place, the fatal spot, supposed to be the same word as tempus temporis, the fitting or appointed time. See Temporal of time, and cf. Tempo Tense (n.)

noun Tem"ple
Senses
  1. A place or edifice dedicated to the worship of some deity; as, the temple of Jupiter at Athens, or of Juggernaut in India."The templeof mighty Mars." [Chaucer.]
  2. [Jewish Antiq] The edifice erected at Jerusalem for the worship of Jehovah."Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch." [John x. 23.]
  3. Hence, among Christians, an edifice erected as a place of public worship; a church."Can he whose life is a perpetual insult to the authority of God enter with any pleasure a temple consecrated to devotion and sanctified by prayer?" [Buckminster.]
  4. Fig.: Any place in which the divine presence specially resides."The templeof his body." [John ii. 21.]"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you?" [1 Cor. iii. 16.]"The groves were God's first temples." [Bryant.]
  5. [Mormon Ch] A building dedicated to the administration of ordinances.
  6. A local organization of Odd Fellows.

Etymology: AS. tempel, from L. templum a space marked out, sanctuary, temple; cf. Gr. � a piece of land marked off, land dedicated to a god: cf. F. témple, from the Latin. Cf. Contemplate

verb Tem"ple
To build a temple for; to appropriate a temple to; as, to temple a god.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation
  2. Place of worship consisting of an edifice for the worship of a deity
  3. An edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes
  4. The flat area on either side of the forehead ("the veins in his temple throbbed")
Wiktionary
Ryusenji temple in Osaka, Japan.
  1. A house of worship.
    The of Zeus was very large.
  2. (often capitalized) The Jewish temple of Jerusalem, first built by Solomon.
  3. (Judaism) a non-Orthodox synagogue.
  4. (Judaism, colloquial) the local synagogue.
    How often do you go to temple?
  5. Something regarded as holding religious presence.
  6. Something of importance; something attended to.
    My body is my temple.
  7. (obsolete) A body.
  8. Hands held together with forefingers outstretched and touching pad to pad, with the rest of the fingers clasped.
  9. (Mormonism) A building dedicated to the administration of ordinances.
  10. A local organization of Oddfellows.

From Middle English temple, from Old English templ, from Latin templum (“shrine, temple, area for auspices”).

  1. A house of worship.
    The of Zeus was very large.
  2. (often capitalized) The Jewish temple of Jerusalem, first built by Solomon.
  3. (Judaism) a non-Orthodox synagogue.
  4. (Judaism, colloquial) the local synagogue.
    How often do you go to temple?
  5. Something regarded as holding religious presence.
  6. Something of importance; something attended to.
    My body is my temple.
  7. (obsolete) A body.
  8. Hands held together with forefingers outstretched and touching pad to pad, with the rest of the fingers clasped.
  9. (Mormonism) A building dedicated to the administration of ordinances.
  10. A local organization of Oddfellows.
Temple in anatomy
  1. (anatomy) 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.
  2. (ophthalmology) Either of the sidepieces on a set of spectacles, extending backwards from the hinge toward the ears and, usually, turning down around them.

From Middle English temple, from Old French temple, from Latin tempora (“the temples”), plural of tempus (“temple, head, face”) (see "temporal bone")

  1. (anatomy) 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.
  2. (ophthalmology) Either of the sidepieces on a set of spectacles, extending backwards from the hinge toward the ears and, usually, turning down around them.

From Latin templum (“a small timber, a purlin”); compare templet and template.

  1. (weaving) A contrivance used in a loom for keeping the web stretched transversely.

    temple was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, French, Old French, and Spanish

    Notable Persons Named Temple

    Notable Persons Named Temple

    Temple Grandin

    Temple Grandin is a scientist in the fields of animal science and autism rights movement. Temple was given the name Mary Temple Grandin on August 29th, 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

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    Temple Lea Houston

    Temple Lea Houston was a lawyer. Temple was born on August 12th, 1860 in Austin, Texas. Temple is also known as Houston and Temple Lea. He passed away on August 15th, 1905.

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    Temple One

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    Temple Stanyan

    Temple Stanyan was a civil servant. Temple was born on February 8th, 1675 in Monken Hadley. He died on March 25th, 1752.

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    Temple West

    Temple was born in 1714. He breathed his last breath on August 9th, 1757.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Temple

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Temple

    Shirley Temple

    Shirley Temple was a film actress, tv actress/entertainer, public servant, film actress (1932–50), tv actress/entertainer (1958–65), and public servant (1969–92). Her most notable accomplishments were from 1932 to present. Shirley was born Shirley Temple on April 23rd, 1928 in , U.S. She left this life on February 10th, 2014.

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    Claire Temple

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    Juno Temple

    Juno Temple is an actor and actress. She was most prominent from 1997 to present. Juno was born Juno Temple as the child of Julien Temple on July 21st, 1989 in Hammersmith. Juno is also known as Temple and Juno Violet (full name).

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    Julien Temple

    Julien Temple is a director. Julien was given the name Julien Andrew Temple on November 26th, 1952 in Kensington.

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    Lew Temple

    Lew Temple is an actor. He was most active from 1993 to present. Lew was born on October 2nd, 1967 in United States.

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    Garrett Temple

    Garrett Temple is a basketball player for the Washington Wizards, Novipiù Casale Monferrato, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Erie BayHawks, Milwaukee Bucks, and Charlotte Hornets in the National Basketball Association. His ongoing career started in 2009. Garrett was born on May 8th, 1986 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Temple U.S.
      White 79.75% 64.26%
      African American 14.58% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.85% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.43% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.12% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.28% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Temple

    People with the last name Temple are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Temple

  1. What name lists does Temple rank for?
  2. How Popular is the name Temple? Temple is the 6,371st most popular name of all time. As a last name Temple was the 1,590th most popular name in 2010.
  3. How many people with the first name Temple have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,315 babies born with the first name Temple in the United States. That's more than enough people named Temple to occupy the territory of Norfolk Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 2,302 (as of August 9, 2011).
  4. What year were 5 or more babies first named Temple? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1884 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  5. When was Temple first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Temple is Thursday, March 16th, 1871.
  6. What year had the most people named Temple born? The highest recorded use of the first name Temple was in 1971 with a total of 88 babies.
  7. Random Temple Factoid: According to the 1972 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Temple is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name in 1972.
  8. Weird things about the name Temple: The name spelled backwards is Elpmet. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Leepmt. How do you pronounce that?
  9. How many people have the last name Temple? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 22,549 people with the last name Temple.
  10. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Temple? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Temple as their last name.
  11. Temple name meaning

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