What does Secular mean?

Definitions for Secularˈsɛk yə lər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Secular.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. layman, layperson, secular(adj)

    someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person

  2. secular(adj)

    of or relating to the doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations

  3. worldly, secular, temporal(adj)

    characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world

    "worldly goods and advancement"; "temporal possessions of the church"

  4. profane, secular(adj)

    not concerned with or devoted to religion

    "sacred and profane music"; "secular drama"; "secular architecture", "children being brought up in an entirely profane environment"

  5. secular(adj)

    of or relating to clergy not bound by monastic vows

    "the secular clergy"

  6. laic, lay, secular(adj)

    characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy

    "set his collar in laic rather than clerical position"; "the lay ministry"


  1. secular(Adjective)

    Not specifically religious.

  2. secular(Adjective)

    Temporal; something that is worldly or otherwise not based on something timeless.

  3. secular(Adjective)

    Not bound by the vows of a monastic order.

    secular clergy in Catholicism

  4. secular(Adjective)

    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.

  5. secular(Adjective)

    Continuing over a long period of time, long-term.

  6. secular(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to long-term non-periodic irregularities, especially in planetary motion.

  7. secular(Adjective)

    Unperturbed over time.

  8. Origin: saecularis, from saeculum

Webster Dictionary

  1. Secular(adj)

    coming or observed once in an age or a century

  2. Secular(adj)

    pertaining to an age, or the progress of ages, or to a long period of time; accomplished in a long progress of time; as, secular inequality; the secular refrigeration of the globe

  3. Secular(adj)

    of or pertaining to this present world, or to things not spiritual or holy; relating to temporal as distinguished from eternal interests; not immediately or primarily respecting the soul, but the body; worldly

  4. Secular(adj)

    not regular; not bound by monastic vows or rules; not confined to a monastery, or subject to the rules of a religious community; as, a secular priest

  5. Secular(adj)

    belonging to the laity; lay; not clerical

  6. Secular(noun)

    a secular ecclesiastic, or one not bound by monastic rules

  7. Secular(noun)

    a church official whose functions are confined to the vocal department of the choir

  8. Secular(noun)

    a layman, as distinguished from a clergyman

  9. Origin: [OE. secular, seculer. L. saecularis, fr. saeculum a race, generation, age, the times, the world; perhaps akin to E. soul: cf. F. sculier.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Secular

    sek′ū-lar, adj. pertaining to an age or generation: coming or observed only once in a century: permanent: lay or civil, as opposed to clerical: (geol.) gradually becoming appreciable in the course of ages: pertaining to the present world, or to things not spiritual: not bound by monastic rules.—n. a layman: an ecclesiastic, as a parish priest, not bound by monastic rules.—n. Secularisa′tion, the state of being secularised.—v.t. Sec′ularise, to make secular: to convert from spiritual to common use.—ns. Sec′ularism; Sec′ularist, one who, discarding religious belief and worship, applies himself exclusively to the things of this life: one who holds that education should be apart from religion; Secular′ity, state of being secular or worldly: worldliness.—adv. Sec′ularly.—n. Sec′ularness. [L. secularisseculum, an age, a generation.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Secular in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Secular in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jeffrey Saut:

    I think we are in a secular bull market that has another eight to 10 years ahead of it.

  2. England Governor Mark Carney:

    There are profound secular and cyclical disinflationary forces at work in the global economy.

  3. Charlie Hebdo editor Gerard Briard:

    We are a secular, democratic and atheist newspaper, the term blasphemy has no meaning for us.

  4. Mike Loewengart:

    We're seven years into the secular bull market and equities in particular have had a strong run.

  5. Commissioner Sunila Thomas George:

    There are circumstances where places of worship hold activities at their facilities or in their buildings that are purely secular events.

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