The following is an excerpt from a travel guide transcript about New York City. I can guess the meaning of high temple in the passage, but I am not sure I know what it means literally and figuratively. I looked it up in a number of dictionaries, but I failed.

New York has always been the gateway to the Land of the Free. But it is also the city of the spree — the shopping spree. The city is shopaholic heaven. And Fifth Avenue with its eye-popping window displays, is the high temple of the retail world.



Temple is not restricted to gods and idols. It also means something else! Straight from the Oxford Dictionaries, definition 1.5

  • A place devoted to or seen as the centre of a particular activity or interest.

Undoubtedly, the Fifth Avenue at the Big Apple is the center of retails! Ah, I wish to shop there! :)

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A temple is a building devoted to worship of a god or gods. The high temple is the most important temple in the land. Fifth Avenue is where the figurative god of shopping is worshipped.

temple 1 NOUN 1A building devoted to the worship of a god or gods.

Temple (Oxford Dictionary)

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    I know you say "figurative" in your answer, but I'm still not so sure this would be the most helpful answer for learners. There is a pretty marked usage difference between the Temple in Jerusalem and the "temple" on Fifth Avenue. – J.R. Jun 1 '18 at 14:06

I found a sentence while I was looking for a sunglasses. It goes "An oval-shaped face works with any style of Classic frame.....just stick with the high temples" I just guessed that high temple means shop which sells some fine goods (with high price tag)

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