[ sek-yuh-ler ]
/ ˈsɛk yə lər /
of or relating to worldly things or to things that are not regarded as religious, spiritual, or sacred; temporal: secular interests.
not pertaining to or connected with religion (opposed to sacred): secular music.
(of education, a school, etc.) concerned with nonreligious subjects.
(of members of the clergy) not belonging to a religious order; not bound by monastic vows (opposed to regular).
occurring or celebrated once in an age or century: the secular games of Rome.
going on from age to age; continuing through long ages.
one of the secular clergy.
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Origin of secular
1250–1300; <Medieval Latin sēculāris,Late Latin saeculāris worldly, temporal (opposed to eternal), Latin: of an age, equivalent to Latin saecul(um) long period of time + -āris-ar1; replacing Middle English seculer<Old French <Latin, as above
OTHER WORDS FROM secular
sec·u·lar·ly, adverbnon·sec·u·lar, adjectivepre·sec·u·lar, adjectivesu·per·sec·u·lar, adjective
su·per·sec·u·lar·ly, adverbun·sec·u·lar, adjectiveun·sec·u·lar·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for secular
These provided a place for the performance of religious ceremonies and other nonsecular functions.Aztec Ruins National Monument--New Mexico|John M. Corbett
British Dictionary definitions for secular
/ (ˈsɛkjʊlə) /
of or relating to worldly as opposed to sacred things; temporal
not concerned with or related to religion
not within the control of the Church
(of an education, etc)
- having no particular religious affinities
- not including compulsory religious studies or services
(of clerics) not bound by religious vows to a monastic or other order
occurring or appearing once in an age or century
lasting for a long time
astronomy occurring slowly over a long period of timethe secular perturbation of a planet's orbit
a member of the secular clergy
another word for layman
Derived forms of secularsecularly, adverb
Word Origin for secular
C13: from Old French seculer, from Late Latin saeculāris temporal, from Latin: concerning an age, from saeculum an age
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for secular
[ (sek-yuh-luhr) ]
Not concerned with religion or religious matters. Secular is the opposite of sacred.
notes for secular
Secularization refers to the declining influence of religion and religious values within a given culture. Secular humanism means, loosely, a belief in human self-sufficiency.
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