noun, plural sec·ta·ries.

a member of a particular sect, especially an adherent of a religious body regarded as heretical or schismatic.
a Protestant of nonconformist denomination, especially a minor one.
a person zealously devoted to a particular sect.

Nearby words

  1. sect,
  2. sect.,
  3. sectarian,
  4. sectarianism,
  5. sectarianize,
  6. sectile,
  7. section,
  8. section boss,
  9. section eight,
  10. section gang

Origin of sectary

1550–60; < Medieval Latin sectārius, equivalent to sect(a) sect + -ārius -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sectary


noun plural -taries

a member of a sect, esp a person who belongs to a religious sect that is regarded as heretical or schismatic
a person excessively devoted to a particular sect
a member of a Nonconformist denomination, esp one that is small

Word Origin for sectary

C16: from Medieval Latin sectārius, from Latin secta sect

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Word Origin and History for sectary



"member or adherent of a sect," 1550s, from French sectaire or directly from Medieval Latin sectarius, from secta (see sect).

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