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noun sem·i·nary \ˈse-mə-ˌner-ē\

Simple Definition of seminary

  • : a school for training religious leaders (such as priests, ministers, and rabbis)

Full Definition of seminary

plural sem·i·nar·ies

  1. 1 :  an environment in which something originates and from which it is propagated <a seminary of vice and crime>

  2. 2a :  an institution of secondary or higher educationb :  an institution for the training of candidates for the priesthood, ministry, or rabbinate

Examples of seminary

  1. <a seminary exclusively for women>

  2. <some claimed that orphanages were seminaries of sin and petty crime, turning out juvenile delinquents by the score>



Origin of seminary

Middle English, seedbed, nursery, from Latin seminarium, from semin-, semen seed


First Known Use: 1542

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