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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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of seminary

plural seminaries

  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 in a sentence

  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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SEMINARY Defined for Kids


noun sem·i·nary \ˈse-mə-ˌner-ē\

Definition of seminary for Students

plural seminaries

  1. 1 :  a private school at or above the high school level

  2. 2 :  a school for the training of priests, ministers, or rabbis

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