(Tem"plar) n. [OE. templere, F. templier, LL. templarius. See Temple a church.]
1. One of a religious and military order first established at Jerusalem, in the early part of the 12th century,
for the protection of pilgrims and of the Holy Sepulcher. These Knights Templars, or Knights of the Temple,
were so named because they occupied an apartment of the palace of Bladwin II. in Jerusalem, near the
The order was first limited in numbers, and its members were bound by vows of chastity and poverty.
After the conquest of Palestine by the Saracens, the Templars spread over Europe, and, by reason of
their reputation for valor and piety, they were enriched by numerous donations of money and lands. The
extravagances and vices of the later Templars, however, finally led to the suppression of the order by
the Council of Vienne in 1312.
2. A student of law, so called from having apartments in the Temple at London, the original buildings
having belonged to the Knights Templars. See Inner Temple, and Middle Temple, under Temple.
3. One belonged to a certain order or degree among the Freemasons, called Knights Templars. Also,
one of an order among temperance men, styled Good Templars.
(Tem"plar), a. Of or pertaining to a temple. [R.]
Solitary, family, and templar devotion.Coleridge.
(Tem"plate) n. Same as Templet.
(Tem"ple) n. [Cf. Templet.] (Weaving) A contrivence used in a loom for keeping the web
(Tem"ple), n. [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.]
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.
(Tem"ple), n. [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.]
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 temple of 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.