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Italian Language/"tempio" vs "tempia"


Dear Lauren,

Can you please tell me if there is any difference between using the masculine noun “tempio” to say “temple” as opposed to using the feminine noun – “tempia” to say “temple”?

Is this just a speaker/writer choice?

Thank you very much.   

Very Sincerely,


Hi Rich,

Yes, there is a very clear difference between the two. The masculine form 'tempio' refers to a place of worship, whereas the feminine noun 'tempia' means temple in the sense of the side of the head.

Hope this helps.

Kind regards,

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Lauren O' Hagan


Although not my mother tongue, I have spoken Italian fluently for more than 12 years so I am very confident to answer any questions about the Italian language. I am also competent in Roman Dialect if there are any questions relating to this.


MA Applied Linguistics First Class Honours in Modern Language Studies (Linguistics, Italian, Spanish) Received the top grade in the whole of UK for GCSE Italian, receiving a letter of congratulations from the Italian Consulate Completed my two-year A Level in 1 year with a grade A country. Carried out many translation jobs for a wide range of clients and topics including self-help, literature and exam papers. For personal reference, I have also translated Federico Moccia's Tre Metri Sopra Il Cielo and 2 of Francesco Totti's book.

El Pensador, University of Bristol

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