secular: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sek'yu-lur), [key]
— adj.
  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.
  1. a layperson.
  2. one of the secular clergy.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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