noun \ˈse-mə-ˌner-ē\

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

plural sem·i·nar·ies

Full Definition of SEMINARY

:  an environment in which something originates and from which it is propagated <a seminary of vice and crime>
a :  an institution of secondary or higher education
b :  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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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Educational institution, usually for training in theology. In the U.S. the term was formerly also used to refer to institutions of higher learning for women, often teachers' colleges. Since at least the 4th century there have been seminaries for the training of clergy. The first known group of seminarians was gathered by St. Basil of Ancyra. The term dropped out of general use in the Middle Ages, when most theological training was in monasteries, and later, in the universities. After the Reformation and the emergence of new denominations, seminaries again came into use, especially in the U.S. The 16th-century Council of Trent ordered seminaries to be opened in every diocese.


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