- The definition of secular is something unrelated to religion.
An example of secular is top forty music.
secular definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English seculer ; from Old French ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin saecularis, worldly, profane, heathen ; from Classical Latin 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
- secularly adverb
secular definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Worldly rather than spiritual.
- Not specifically relating to religion or to a religious body: secular music.
- Relating to or advocating secularism.
- Not bound by monastic restrictions, especially not belonging to a religious order. Used of the clergy.
- Occurring or observed once in an age or century.
- Lasting from century to century.
- A member of the secular clergy.
- A layperson.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French seculer, from Late Latin saeculāris, from Latin, of an age, from saeculum, generation, age.
- secˈu·lar·ly adverb