Definition of synagogue in English:



  • 1A building in which Jews meet for religious worship or instruction.

    • ‘During the past few years I have been giving workshops on the psychology of prayer at temples, synagogues, and Jewish book fairs nationwide.’
    • ‘They can't even go to the synagogue to fulfil their religious duties on the Sabbath.’
    • ‘So when you go there, you see mosques beside churches, Hindu temples beside Jewish synagogues.’
    • ‘The God-centered religion of most synagogues and churches does not inspire the postmodern seeker; she wants to turn inward.’
    • ‘Marriage is, mostly, a religious ceremony performed in churches/mosques / synagogues based on ancient religious laws.’
    • ‘A large number of Jewish institutions and synagogues have programs for helping others.’
    • ‘The old ones tell me there was a Jewish quarter, a synagogue, study halls, and a cemetery.’
    • ‘If you are not sure of the Jewish date, contact a synagogue, yeshiva or funeral home and they will surely help you.’
    • ‘Prominent edifices such as historic structures, public buildings, churches, synagogues, and high rises get special treatment.’
    • ‘The author does not ignore the fact that churches and synagogues are buildings for public worship.’
    • ‘Besides his paintings and glass-windows for Roman-Catholic cathedrals and Jewish synagogues, he created a rich plethora of prints.’
    • ‘Yet many of his students were raised in Christian churches or Jewish synagogues.’
    • ‘When the Torah is taken out in the synagogue, the entire congregation must stand as long as it is being carried.’
    • ‘Almost everywhere there are new churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples springing to life along our vast exurban periphery.’
    • ‘Among the most famous is the story of his disappearance one Yom Kippur from his synagogue.’
    • ‘At the beginning of the first millennium of the Christian era, synagogues were all-purpose buildings for assembly in village and town.’
    • ‘Multiethnicity is demonstrated by the many churches, synagogues, Hindu temples, and mosques.’
    • ‘This was familiar territory for him: the synagogues, the religious tradition, and his people coming to hear and be healed by him.’
    1. 1.1An occasion on which Jews meet in a synagogue for religious worship and instruction.
      • ‘Despite the controversial nature of the film, 15 Orthodox synagogues have asked for a screening.’
      • ‘Not longer after that my mother began to attend a liberal synagogue, and I joined her.’
      • ‘At least some members of the evangelist's communities have parted company painfully with local synagogues.’
      • ‘He gave one tenth of his income to the synagogue and was very religious.’
      • ‘Individual churches, synagogues, and temples could make their own rules about which marriages they would bless.’
      • ‘I told him that was not my purpose; that I would send these men to join mosques, synagogues, churches and temples.’
      • ‘My family spends part of every holiday at the home of the Hazzan of my synagogue.’


Middle English via Old French and late Latin from Greek sunagōgē ‘meeting’, from sun- ‘together’ + agein ‘bring’.