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ˈsɛm əˌnɛr iSem·i·na·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. seminarynoun

    a private place of education for the young

  2. seminarynoun

    a theological school for training ministers or priests or rabbis


  1. seminarynoun

    A theological school for the training of rabbis, priests, or ministers.

  2. seminarynoun

    A private residential school for girls.

  3. seminarynoun

    A class of religious education for youths ages 14–18 that accompanies normal secular education.

  4. Etymology: From seminarium, from semen. Compare seminar.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Seminarynoun

    Etymology: seminaire, Fr. seminarium from semino, Lat.

    Some, at the first transplanting trees out of their seminaries, cut them off about an inch from the ground, and plant them like quickset. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    This stratum is still expanded at top of all, serving for a common integument, and being the seminary or promptuary that furnisheth forth matter for the formation and increment of animal and vegetable bodies. John Woodward.

    The hand of God, who first created the earth, hath wisely contrived them in their proper seminaries, and where they best maintain the intention of their species. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Nothing subministrates apter matter to be converted into pestilent seminaries, sooner than steams of nasty folks and beggars. Gideon Harvey, on the Plague.

    It was the seat of the greatest monarchy, and the seminary of the greatest men of the world, whilst it was heathen. Francis Bacon.

    The inns of court must be the worst instituted seminaries in any Christian country. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Seminarynoun

    a piece of ground where seed is sown for producing plants for transplantation; a nursery; a seed plat

  2. Seminarynoun

    hence, the place or original stock whence anything is brought or produced

  3. Seminarynoun

    a place of education, as a scool of a high grade, an academy, college, or university

  4. Seminarynoun

    seminal state

  5. Seminarynoun

    fig.: A seed bed; a source

  6. Seminarynoun

    a Roman Catholic priest educated in a foreign seminary; a seminarist

  7. Seminaryadjective

    belonging to seed; seminal

  8. Etymology: [L. seminarius.]


  1. Seminary

    A seminary, theological college, or divinity school is an institution of secondary or post-secondary education for educating students in theology, generally to prepare them for ordination as clergy or for other ministry. The English word is taken from the Latin seminarium, translated as seed-bed, an image taken from the Council of Trent document Cum adolescentium aetas which called for the first modern seminaries. In the West the term now refers to Roman Catholic educational institutes and has widened to include other Christian denominations and American Jewish institutions.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Seminary

    sem′in-ar-i, n. the original place whence anything is derived, a nursery: a place of education, esp. in branches of knowledge to be afterwards applied in practice, as theology, &c.: a group of advanced students working in some specific subject of study under a teacher—also and more commonly Seminär′ (the German name): a seminary priest.—n. Sem′inarist, a student at a seminary: a R.C. priest educated in a foreign seminary.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Seminary in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Seminary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Seminary in a Sentence

  1. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani:

    In the negotiations, we will not accept imposition, humiliation and the continuation of sanctions, like all of the days of the history of this revolution, the government desires the support of the people and especially the support of the people of Qom, the seminary and the senior clerics.

  2. Bill Patenaude:

    Cardinal Turkson's talk, given at a pontifical seminary in Ireland, was for the whole church.

  3. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin:

    One (allegation) is that there is a homosexual, gay culture, that students have been using an app called Grindr, which would be inappropriate for seminarians and not just because they are going to be celibate priests, if this is going on a large scale in the seminary and it hasn't been noticed in the seminary, then there is something wrong.

  4. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin:

    If this is going on a large scale in the seminary and it hasn't been noticed in the seminary, then there is something wrong.

  5. Rana Sanaullah:

    Officials of the Counter-Terrorism Department raided the Jamiatul Nur seminary in the Daska area on Thursday and arrested more than a dozen people, the seminary has been sealed off and documents and literature have been confiscated from the premises.

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