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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Templar a knight of a religious military order established in 1118 to protect pilgrims and the Holy Sepulcher
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Templar 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.
    • a Templar Of or pertaining to a temple. "Solitary, family, and templar devotion."
    • Templar 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.
    • Templar 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 Temple.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Templar [capitalized] A member of a military order, also called Knights Templars or Knight's of the Temple, from the early headquarters of the order in the Crusaders' palace at Jerusalem (the so-called temple of Solomon). The order was founded at Jerusalem about 1118, and was confirmed by the Pope ill 1128. Its special aim was protection to pilgrims on the way to the holy shrines, and the distinguishing garb of the knights was a white mantle with a red cross. The order took a leading part in the conduct of the Crusades, and spread rapidly, acquiring great wealth and influence in Spain. France, England, and other countries in Europe. Its chief seats in the East were Jerusalem, Acre, and Cyprus, and its European headquarters was a foundation called the Temple, then just outside of Paris. The members were composed of knights, men-at-arms, and chaplains; they were grouped in commanderies, with a preceptor at the head of each province, and a grand master at the head of the order. The Templars were accused of heresy, immorality, and other offenses by Philip IV. of France in 1307, and the order was suppressed by the Council of Vienne in 1312.
    • n Templar A student of the law, or a lawyer, so called from having chambers in the Temple in London. See temple, 5.
    • n Templar See knight.
    • Templar Of, pertaining to, or performed in a temple.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Templar tem′plar one of a religious and military order founded in 1119 for the protection of the Holy Sepulchre and pilgrims going thither—extinguished, 1307-14, in one of the darkest tragedies of history: a student or lawyer living in the Temple, London
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. templere, F. templier, LL. templarius,. See Temple a church
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Orig. called 'Poor fellow-soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon,' from their first headquarters in the palace of King Baldwin II., which was built on the site of the temple of Solomon, close to the church of the Holy Sepulchre.


In literature:

Fourth, that Free-masons were derived from the order of the Knights Templars.
"The Builders" by Joseph Fort Newton
For a time, at any rate, the Templars had been at war with the Assassins.
"Secret Societies And Subversive Movements" by Nesta H. Webster
On the main line higher than Thurles is Templemore, founded by the Knights Templars.
"The Sunny Side of Ireland" by John O'Mahony and R. Lloyd Praeger
Philip IV of France wanted to make the people believe that the templars were heretics.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
There she saw a number of Knights Templars sitting round a table, gambling.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
We got him to join the Good Templars last night.
"Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa 1883" by George W. Peck
The Templar wore a scared look in those days and went home betimes.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
And now the Templars' courage rose.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
The Templars led the van of the army, and the Hospitalers brought up the rear.
"Richard I" by Jacob Abbott
The ninth annual meeting was held in Good Templars' Hall, Richmond, in October, 1859.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
One member of this little society was Eustace Budgell, a young Templar of some literature, and a distant relation of Addison.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The travels of Templars and Crusaders undeniably influenced English architecture.
"Memorials of Old London" by Various
St. Mary's Templar Church, London, 211.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
Nor did Charles's reign bring any quiet to Fleet Street, for then the Templars began to lug out their swords.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Since all that business with the Templars and the Pope, what way the Demon is making!
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
He robbed and ruined the Templars, and despoiled the Jews and Lombards, the financiers of the day.
"Of Six Mediæval Women" by Alice Kemp-Welch
The Templar, affecting a relapse, tarried behind, and promised to join him at that Constantinople of which he had so loudly boasted.
"International Short Stories" by Various
Templars, Order of, 377-381.
"Villani's Chronicle" by Giovanni Villani
The broad white fluttering mantle of the Templar.
"The Dramatic Works of G. E. Lessing" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Their House (like those of the Templars) was exempt from every ban, even that of the Pope himself.
"Highways and Byways in Cambridge and Ely" by Edward Conybeare

In poetry:

O Good Templars!
There's work for us to-day.
Then gird your armor on again,
And only pause to pray.
"Good Templars' Song" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
If he was thus,
And 'twasn't the templar who sat to the painter.
But how couldst thou be so forgetful, brother,
As not to ask about his parents?
"Nathan The Wise - Act IV" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Have not in their power
Evil enough to make me e'er repent.
And then--But are you really well assured
It is a templar who eggs on your patriarch?
"Nathan The Wise - Act V" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
That makes for me; these are so many reasons
He was no real knight, but only seemed it.
If in Jerusalem no captive templar,
Appears alive, or freely wanders round,
How could I find one, in the night, to save me?
"Nathan The Wise - Act I" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Give, give before he begs. O could I tell
How to come at the templar, not betraying
The motive of my curiosity -
For if I tell it, and if my suspicion
Be groundless, I have staked the father idly.
What is the matter?
"Nathan The Wise - Act IV" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
What, so abruptly?
Stay, stay, Al-Hafi; has the desert wings?
Man, 'twill not run away, I warrant you -
Hear, hear, I want you--want to talk with you -
He's gone. I could have liked to question him
About our templar. He will likely know him.
"Nathan The Wise - Act I" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

Director Stephen Badalament On The Templar Jazz Series.
The Knights Templar 's earliest function in around 1119 was to protect Christian pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land.
The Knights Templar have been blamed for murder and drug trafficking, but they pledge to always "protect the oppressed, the widow and the orphan.".
A man from California history, Sam Owens, is honored by California Masonic Lodge 183 and Prince of Peace Commandry 29 of Knights Templar, Jefferson City.
Pilgrims were safer not carrying cash, (in fact, before this they were routinely killed for money,) and the Templars became an international banking system.
With cash on hand, the Templars also began loaning money, including an unfortunately large loan to King Phillip IV of France, which he was unable to repay.
The Association of the Sovereign Order of the Temple of Christ also demands recognition — though not restitution — of $156 billon in assets that it claims the original Templars lost upon their dissolution.
Marlborough Public Library drew a large crowd of Holy Grail enthusiasts Aug 27 for a lecture about the Knights of Templar, a secret religious organization that existed for two centuries during the Middle Ages.
Unlike the Templars, however, Picknett and Prince claim the Priory of Sion is alive and well and carefully manipulating events today.
Their researches led Picknett and Prince to conclude that the Templars knew something about John and Mary that the rest of the world didn't.
Inside Jokes From the Knights Templar to Snoopy.
More important, he's part of a long line of Assassins who have been fighting a centuries-old battle against the Templars.
The Assassins want freedom, the Templars want control.
Their affliction, the Templar's Curse, threatens to accelerate their descent into hell, burning their humanity away as it engulfs the space around them in demonic flame.
All the Manti Templars had to do was drain a dramatic state record 54-yard field goal in overtime to capture their second 2A title in a row, 16-13.