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From Latin saeculum. Compare French siècle. See secular.


secle (plural secles)

  1. (obsolete) A century.
    • Hammond's Practical Catechism
      Of a man's age, part he lives in his father's life-time, and part after his son's birth; and thereupon it is wont to be said that three generations make one secle, or hundred years in the genealogies.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for secle in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)