- 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 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
- 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