1. Worldly rather than spiritual.
2. Not specifically relating to religion or to a religious body: secular music.
3. Relating to or advocating secularism. Not bound by monastic restrictions, especially
4. Not belonging to a religious order. Used of the clergy.
5. Occurring or observed once in an age or century.
6. Lasting from century to century.
1. A member of the secular clergy.
2. A layperson.
Middle English, from Old French seculer, from Late Latin saeculris, from Latin, of an age, from saeculum, generation, age
Function: adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French seculer, from Late Latin saecularis,
from saeculum the present world, from Latin, generation, age, century, world; akin to Welsh hoedl
lifetimeDate: 14th century
a : of or relating to the worldly or temporal <secular concerns>
b : not overtly or specifically religious <secular music>
c : not ecclesiastical or clerical <secular courts> <secular landowners>
2 : not bound by monastic vows or rules; specifically : of, relating to, or forming clergy not belonging to
a religious order or congregation <a secular priest>
a : occurring once in an age or a century
b : existing or continuing through ages or centuries
c : of or relating to a long term of indefinite duration <secular inflation>
sec·u·lar·i·ty - noun
sec·u·lar·ly - adverb www.merriam-webster.com
1. of or pertaining to worldly things or to things that are not regarded
as religious, spiritual, or sacred; temporal: secular interests.
2. not pertaining to or connected with religion ( opposed to sacred): secular music.
3. (of education, a school, etc.) concerned with nonreligious subjects.
4. (of members of the clergy) not belonging to a religious order; not bound by
monastic vows ( opposed to regular).
5. occurring or celebrated once in an age or century: the secular games of Rome.
6. going on from age to age; continuing through long ages.
7. a layperson.
8. one of the secular clergy.
1250–1300; < ML secularis, LL saecularis worldly, temporal (opposed to eternal), L: of an age, equiv.
to L saecul ( um ) long period of time + -aris -ar1 ; r. ME seculer < OF < L, as above
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Not having any connection with religion.
“We live in an increasingly secular society, in which religion has less and less influence on our daily
lives. secular education a secular state”
(Definition of secular adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)