I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French seculer, from Late Latin saecularis, from saeculum the present world, from Latin, generation, age, century, world; akin to Welsh hoedl lifetime Date: 14th century 1. a. of or relating to the worldly or temporal <
secular concerns
b. not overtly or specifically religious <
secular music
c. not ecclesiastical or clerical <
secular courts
secular landowners
2. not bound by monastic vows or rules; specifically of, relating to, or forming clergy not belonging to a religious order or congregation <
a secular priest
3. a. occurring once in an age or a century b. existing or continuing through ages or centuries c. of or relating to a long term of indefinite duration <
secular inflation
secularity nounsecularly adverb II. noun (plural seculars or secular) Date: 14th century 1. a secular ecclesiastic (as a diocesan priest) 2. layman

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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 — SECULÁR, Ă, seculari, e, adj. 1. Care durează mai multe secole, care are o vechime de unul sau de mai multe secole; p. ext. extrem de vechi, străvechi. 2. (livr.) Laic. – Din fr. séculaire, lat. saecularis. Trimis de LauraGellner, 21.07.2004.… …   Dicționar Român

  • secular — adjetivo 1. Que no es religioso o eclesiástico: tribunal secular. Sinónimo: seglar. 2. [sacerdote católico] que no vive en ningún convento sujeto a una regla, o no es miembro de ninguna orden religiosa: sacerdote secular. clero* secular …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • secular — (Del lat. seculāris). 1. adj. seglar. 2. Que sucede o se repite cada siglo. 3. Que dura un siglo, o desde hace siglos. 4. Dicho de un sacerdote o del clero: Que vive en el siglo, a distinción del que vive en clausura. Apl. a pers., u. t. c. s.) ☛ …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • secular — [sek′yə lər] adj. [ME seculer < OFr < LL(Ec) saecularis, worldly, profane, heathen < L, of an age < saeculum, an age, generation < IE * seitlo < base * sei , to scatter, SOW2] 1. a) of or relating to worldly things as… …   English World dictionary

  • Secular — Sec u*lar, n. 1. (Eccl.) A secular ecclesiastic, or one not bound by monastic rules. Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. (Eccl.) A church official whose functions are confined to the vocal department of the choir. Busby. [1913 Webster] 3. A layman, as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • secular — (adj.) late 13c., living in the world, not belonging to a religious order, also belonging to the state, from O.Fr. seculer, from L.L. saecularis worldly, secular, from L. saecularis of an age, occurring once in an age, from saeculum age, span of… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • secular — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not religious, sacred, or spiritual. 2) (of clergy) not subject to or bound by religious rule. 3) Astronomy denoting slow changes in the motion of the sun or planets. 4) Economics (of a fluctuation or trend) occurring or persisting …   English terms dictionary

  • Secular... — Secular..., (v. lat.), s. Säcular …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • secular — index civil (public), material (physical), mundane, profane Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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