• IPA: /ˈtɛm.pəɹ.əl/


  1. (also grammar) Of or relating to time.
  2. Of limited time; transient; passing; not perpetual.
    • Bible, 2 Corinthians iv. 18
      The things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
  3. Of or relating to the material world, as opposed to spiritual.
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 166:
      Not long before, he had ruefully acknowledged in a letter to his pious mother that most of his appointments to the bench of bishops had been motivated by distinctly temporal impulses.
  4. Lasting a short time only.
  5. Civil or political, as distinguished from ecclesiastical.
    temporal power; temporal courts
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temporal (plural temporals)

  1. (chiefly, in the plural) Anything temporal or secular; a temporality.
    • He assigns supremacy to the pope in spirituals, and to the emperor in temporals.

temporal (not comparable)

  1. (anatomy) of the temples of the head
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temporal (plural temporals)

  1. (skeleton) Either of the bones on the side of the skull, near the ears.
  2. 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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