Secular meaning

sĕkyə-lər
The definition of secular is something unrelated to religion.

An example of secular is top forty music.

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A cleric ordained for a diocese.
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Temporal; something that is worldly or otherwise not based on something timeless.
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(Christianity) Not bound by the vows of a monastic order.

Secular clergy in Catholicism.

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Relating to or advocating secularism.
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Ordained for a diocese.
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A secular ecclesiastic, or one not bound by monastic rules.

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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.

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A layperson.
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A person not a cleric; layman.
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Not specifically religious.
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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.

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(literary) Centuries-old, ancient.
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(astrophysics) Of or pertaining to long-term non-periodic irregularities, especially in planetary motion.
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(atomic physics) Unperturbed over time.
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A layman, as distinguished from a clergyman.
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A member of the secular clergy.
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A church official whose functions are confined to the vocal department of the choir.

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Origin of secular

  • Middle English from Old French seculer from Late Latin saeculāris from Latin of an age from saeculum generation, age

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin saecularis (“of the age"), from saeculum

    From Wiktionary