Temporal Definition

tĕmpər-əl, tĕmprəl
adjective
Of this world; worldly, not spiritual.
Webster's New World
Lasting only for a time; transitory; temporary, not eternal.
Webster's New World
Of or limited by time.
Webster's New World
Civil or secular rather than ecclesiastical.
Webster's New World
Expressing distinctions in time; pertaining to tense.
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noun

(anatomy) Either of the bones on the side of the skull, near the ears.

Wiktionary

(chiefly in the plural) Anything temporal or secular; a temporality.

Wiktionary

Any of a reptile's scales on the side of the head between the parietal and supralabial scales, and behind the postocular scales.

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Synonyms:
  • temporal role

Other Word Forms of Temporal

Noun

Singular:
temporal
Plural:
temporals

Origin of Temporal

  • From Middle English temporal, from Old French temporal, from Latin temporalis, from tempus (“season, time, opportunity").

    From Wiktionary

  • From New Latin temporalis, from Latin tempora (“the temples"), plural of tempus (“temple, head, face").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin temporālis from tempus tempor- time

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Late Latin temporālis from Latin tempora pl. of tempus temple

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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