Meaning of SECULAR in English

SECULAR

adj. & n.

--adj.

1. concerned with the affairs of this world; not spiritual or sacred.

2 (of education etc.) not concerned with religion or religious belief.

3 a not ecclesiastical or monastic. b (of clergy) not bound by a religious rule.

4 occurring once in an age or century.

5 lasting for or occurring over an indefinitely long time.

--n. a secular priest.

Phrases and idioms:

secular variation Astron. variation compensated over a long period of time.

Derivatives:

secularism n. secularist n. secularity n. secularize v.tr. (also -ise). secularization n. secularly adv.

Etymology: ME (in senses 1-3 f. OF seculer) f. L saecularis f. saeculum generation, age

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.