—adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or concerned with religion: a religious holiday. 2. imbued with or exhibiting religion; pious; devout; godly: a religious man. 3. scrupulously faithful; conscientious: religious care. 4. pertaining to or connected with a monastic or religious order.
5. appropriate to religion or to sacred rites or observances.
—n. 1. a member of a religious order, congregation, etc.; a monk, friar, or nun.
2. the religious,devout or religious persons: Each year, thousands of the religious make pilgrimages to the shrine.