[ sek-yuh-ler ]
/ ˈsɛk yə lər /



a layperson.
one of the secular clergy.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for secular

/ (ˈsɛkjʊlə) /



a member of the secular clergy
another word for layman

Derived forms of secular

secularly, adverb

Word Origin for secular

C13: from Old French seculer, from Late Latin saeculāris temporal, from Latin: concerning an age, from saeculum an age
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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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