noun sem·i·nary \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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SEMINARY Defined for Kids


noun sem·i·nary \ˈse-mə-ˌner-ē\
plural sem·i·nar·ies

Definition of SEMINARY for Kids

:  a private school at or above the high school level
:  a school for the training of priests, ministers, or rabbis


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