The definition of secular is something unrelated to religion.
An example of secular is top forty music.
- of or relating to worldly things as distinguished from things relating to church and religion; not sacred or religious; temporal; worldly: secular music, secular schools
- of or marked by secularism; secularistic
- ordained for a diocese
- coming or happening only once in an age or century
- lasting for an age or ages; continuing for a long time or from age to age
Origin of secularMiddle English seculer from Old French from Ecclesiastical Late Latin saecularis, worldly, profane, heathen from L, of an age from saeculum, an age, generation from Indo-European an unverified form seitlo- from base an unverified form sei-, to scatter, sow
- a cleric ordained for a diocese
- a person not a cleric; layman
- a. Worldly rather than spiritual: the secular affairs of the parish.b. Not relating to religion or to a religious body; nonreligious: secular music.c. Not bound by the full monastic rule of a religious order. Used of clergy.
- Relating to or advocating secularism.
- a. Occurring or observed once in an age or century, as games in ancient Rome.b. Lasting or persisting for a long time: a secular bear market.c. Astronomy Of or relating to characteristics of astronomical phenomena that change slowly over time.
- A member of the secular clergy.
- A layperson.
Origin of secularMiddle English from Old French seculer from Late Latin saeculāris from Latin of an age from saeculum generation, age
(comparative more secular, superlative most secular)
- Not specifically religious.
- Temporal; something that is worldly or otherwise not based on something timeless.
- (Christianity) Not bound by the vows of a monastic order.
- secular clergy in Catholicism
- Happening once in an age or century.
- The secular games of ancient Rome were held to mark the end of a saeculum and the beginning of the next.
- Continuing over a long period of time, long-term.
- The long-term growth in population and income accounts for most secular trends in economic phenomena.
- on a secular basis
- (literary) Centuries-old, ancient.
- (astrophysics) Of or pertaining to long-term non-periodic irregularities, especially in planetary motion.
- (atomic physics) Unperturbed over time.
Latin saecularis (“of the age"), from saeculum