1. of or relating to time.
  2. pertaining to or concerned with the present life or this world; worldly: temporal joys.
  3. enduring for a time only; temporary; transitory (opposed to eternal).
  4. Grammar.
    1. of, relating to, or expressing time: a temporal adjective, such as recent, or a temporal adverb, such as recently.
    2. of or relating to the tenses of a verb.
  5. secular, lay, or civil, as opposed to ecclesiastical.

noun Usually temporals.

  1. a temporal possession, estate, or the like; temporality.
  2. something that is temporal; a temporal matter or affair.


  1. of, relating to, or situated near the temple or a temporal bone.


  1. any of several parts in the temporal region, especially the temporal bone.


  1. of or relating to time
  2. of or relating to secular as opposed to spiritual or religious affairsthe lords spiritual and temporal
  3. lasting for a relatively short time
  4. grammar of or relating to tense or the linguistic expression of time in generala temporal adverb


  1. anatomy of, relating to, or near the temple or temples

adj.mid-14c., “worldly, secular,” later “of time, terrestrial, earthly” (late 14c.), “temporary, lasting only for a time” (late 14c.), from Old French temporal, from Latin temporalis “of time, temporary,” from tempus (genitive temporis) “time, season, proper time or season,” of unknown origin. Related: Temporality. adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or near the temples of the skull.

  1. Relating to or near the bones that form the sides and part of the base of the skull.

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