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SECULAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does secular mean? 

SECULAR (noun)
  The noun SECULAR has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: SECULAR used as a noun is very rare.


SECULAR (adjective)
  The adjective SECULAR has 1 sense:

1. concerning those not members of the clergy

  Familiarity information: SECULAR used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SECULAR (noun)


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Meaning:

Someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

layman; layperson; secular

Hypernyms ("secular" is a kind of...):

common man; common person; commoner (a person who holds no title)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "secular"):

lay reader (a layman who is authorized by the bishop to read parts of the service in an Anglican or Episcopal church)

Holonyms ("secular" is a member of...):

laity; temporalty (in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy)


SECULAR (adjective)


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Meaning:

Concerning those not members of the clergy

Synonyms:

laic; lay; secular

Context examples:

set his collar in laic rather than clerical position / the lay ministry / the choir sings both sacred and secular music

Similar:

profane (not sacred or concerned with religion)


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