What does secular mean?

Definitions for secular
ˈsɛk yə lərsec·u·lar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. layman, layperson, secularadjective

    someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person

  2. secularadjective

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

  3. worldly, secular, temporaladjective

    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, secularadjective

    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. secularadjective

    of or relating to clergy not bound by monastic vows

    "the secular clergy"

  6. laic, lay, secularadjective

    characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy

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

Wiktionary

  1. secularadjective

    Not specifically religious.

    Etymology: saecularis, from saeculum

  2. secularadjective

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

    Etymology: saecularis, from saeculum

  3. secularadjective

    Not bound by the vows of a monastic order.

    secular clergy in Catholicism

    Etymology: saecularis, from saeculum

  4. secularadjective

    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.

    Etymology: saecularis, from saeculum

  5. secularadjective

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

    Etymology: saecularis, from saeculum

  6. secularadjective

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

    Etymology: saecularis, from saeculum

  7. secularadjective

    Unperturbed over time.

    Etymology: saecularis, from saeculum

Webster Dictionary

  1. Secularadjective

    coming or observed once in an age or a century

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

  2. Secularadjective

    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

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

  3. Secularadjective

    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

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

  4. Secularadjective

    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

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

  5. Secularadjective

    belonging to the laity; lay; not clerical

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

  6. Secularnoun

    a secular ecclesiastic, or one not bound by monastic rules

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

  7. Secularnoun

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

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

  8. Secularnoun

    a layman, as distinguished from a clergyman

    Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of secular in a Sentence

  1. Grocery Outlet:

    Consumers' search for value is the new normal in retail, the success of off-price retailers represents a secular consumer shift.

  2. Ryan Mauro:

    Supporting them against Iran is akin to supporting Hamas against Al Qaeda, as someone who has been supportive of overthrowing Assad for years before the civil war, it pains me to say that overthrowing him today would only lead to much more bloodshed. The best scenario is the division of the country between the Assad regime, the Syrian Democratic Forces and Arab forces that are as close to secular-democratic as possible. And from there, we can hope that a safe alternative to Assad’s rule can eventually rise and support liberal elements to make it happen.

  3. Hugo Black:

    Among the religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, ethical culture, secular humanism and others.

  4. State John Kerry:

    There was agreement that Syria should be a unified country, united, that it needs to be secular, that ISIL( Islamic State) needs to be taken on, and that there needs to be a managed transition.

  5. David Greenfield:

    This monumental legislation recognizes that every child, regardless of where they go to school – whether public or private, secular or religious – deserves to learn in a safe environment.

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    a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
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