Meaning of “temple” in the English Dictionary

"temple" in British English

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uk /ˈtem.pəl/ us /ˈtem.pəl/

temple noun (BUILDING)

B1 [ C ] a building used for the worship of a god or gods in some religions


  • The roof of the temple was held up by a row of thick stone columns.
  • On a clear day you can see the temple in the distance.
  • This temple is a place of great holiness for the religion's followers.
  • The temple is noted for its rich carvings.
  • Inside the temple, worshippers were kneeling in supplication.

(Definition of “temple” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"temple" in American English

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templenoun [ C ]

us /ˈtem·pəl/

temple noun [ C ] (BUILDING)

a building used for religious worship

temple noun [ C ] (PART OF HEAD)

the flat area at each side of the upper part of the face

(Definition of “temple” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)