Definition of sect noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//sekt//
; NAmE NAmE//sekt//
(sometimes disapproving)
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a small group of people who belong to a particular religion but who have some beliefs or practices which separate them from the rest of the group The Shakers are an American religious sect, founded in the 18th century. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French secte or Latin secta, literally ‘following’, hence ‘faction, party’, from the stem of sequi ‘follow’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sect