From Middle English secte, from Old French secte (“a sect in philosophy or religion”), from Late Latin secta (“a sect in philosophy or religion, a school, party, faction, class, gild, band, particularly a heretical doctrince or sect, etc.”), possibly, from Latin sequi (“to follow”).
sect (plural sects)
- An offshoot of a larger religion; a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.
- A religious sect.
- A group following a specific ideal or a leader.
- (obsolete) A cutting; a scion.
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See also 
- sect in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- sect in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- sect at OneLook Dictionary Search