Secular hymn
Secular 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. [1913 Webster]

The secular year was kept but once a century. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

New foes arise, Threatening to bind our souls with secular chains. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

He tried to enforce a stricter discipline and greater regard for morals, both in the religious orders and the secular clergy. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

5. Belonging to the laity; lay; not clerical. [1913 Webster]

I speak of folk in secular estate. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

{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 like.

{Secular music}, any music or songs not adapted to sacred uses.

{Secular hymn} or {Secular poem}, a hymn or poem composed for the secular games, or sung or rehearsed at those games. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • secular hymn — noun A hymn for the secular games • • • Main Entry: ↑secular …   Useful english dictionary

  • Secular — 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. [1913 Webster] The secular year was… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Secular equation — Secular 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. [1913 Webster] The secular… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Secular games — Secular 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. [1913 Webster] The secular… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Secular music — Secular 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. [1913 Webster] The secular… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Secular poem — Secular 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. [1913 Webster] The secular… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Secular Games — (Latin; Ludi saeculares) Celebrations held in ancient Rome at the beginning of a new saeculum, or generation. Similar games were originally held by the Etruscans as offerings to the underworld gods. The Romans initially worshiped the underworld… …   Universalium

  • Hymn —    A devotional song. The term, of obscure Greek origin, refers to repertories in every major religion that have the following characteristics:    • Texts are sacred but non scriptural strophic poetry.    • The melodies, through elements of… …   Historical dictionary of sacred music

  • hymn — hymner /him euhr, neuhr/, n. hymnlike, adj. /him/, n. 1. a song or ode in praise or honor of God, a deity, a nation, etc. 2. something resembling this, as a speech, essay, or book in praise of someone or something. v.t. 3. to praise or celebrate… …   Universalium

  • Secular Games — The Secular Games (Latin Ludi Saeculares, originally Ludi Terentini) were a religious celebration, involving sacrifices and theatrical performances, held in ancient Rome for three days and nights to mark the end of a saeculum and the beginning of …   Wikipedia

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