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Meaning of SECULAR

Pronunciation:  'sekyulur

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  concerning those not members of the clergy; "set his collar in laic rather than clerical position"; "the lay ministry"; "the choir sings both sacred and secular music"

SECULAR is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: laic, lay, profane



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sec"u*lar\, a. [OE. secular, seculer. L. saecularis,
    fr. saeculum a race, generation, age, the times, the world;
    perhaps akin to E. soul: cf. F. s['e]culier.]
    1. Coming or observed once in an age or a century.
             The secular year was kept but once a century.
    2. 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. 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.
             New foes arise, Threatening to bind our souls with
             secular chains.                       --Milton.
    4. (Eccl.) 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.
             He tried to enforce a stricter discipline and
             greater regard for morals, both in the religious
             orders and the secular clergy.        --Prescett.
    5. Belonging to the laity; lay; not clerical.
             I speak of folk in secular estate.    --Chaucer.
    {Secular equation} (Astron.), the algebraic or numerical
       expression of the magnitude of the inequalities in a
       planet's motion that remain after the inequalities of a
       short period have been allowed for.
    {Secular games} (Rom. Antiq.), games celebrated, at long but
       irregular intervals, for three days and nights, with
       sacrifices, theatrical shows, combats, sports, and the
    {Secular music}, any music or songs not adapted to sacred
    {Secular hymn} or {poem}, a hymn or poem composed for the
       secular games, or sung or rehearsed at those games.
  2. \Sec"u*lar\, n.
    1. (Eccl.) A secular ecclesiastic, or one not bound by
       monastic rules. --Burke.
    2. (Eccl.) A church official whose functions are confined to
       the vocal department of the choir. --Busby.
    3. A layman, as distinguished from a clergyman.