(noun, adjective)


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

2. characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world

Similar word(s): earthly, profane, secular, sophisticated, economic, material, materialistic, mercenary, mundane, terrestrial, temporal, worldly

3. not concerned with or devoted to religion

- secular drama

- secular architecture

Similar word(s): earthly, impious, laic, lay, secular, profanatory, secular, temporal, worldly, profane

4. of or relating to clergy not bound by monastic vows

- the secular clergy

5. characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy

Similar word(s): profane, secular, laic, lay

Sentences with secular as an adjective:

- secular clergy in Catholicism

- The secular games of ancient Rome were held to mark the end of a saeculum and the beginning of the next.

- The long-term growth in population and income accounts for most secular trends in economic phenomena.

- on a secular basis


1. someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person

Similar word(s): layman, layperson

Definition categories: person, commoner