sem·​i·​nar | \ ˈse-mə-ˌnär How to pronounce seminar (audio) \

Definition of seminar

1 : a group of advanced students studying under a professor with each doing original research and all exchanging results through reports and discussions
2a(1) : a course of study pursued by a seminar
(2) : an advanced or graduate course often featuring informality and discussion
b : a scheduled meeting of a seminar or a room for such meetings
3 : a meeting for giving and discussing information

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Examples of seminar in a Sentence

a seminar on career planning a seminar bringing together the world's leading epidemiologists
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First Known Use of seminar

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for seminar

German, from Latin seminarium nursery

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The first known use of seminar was in 1863

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6 May 2021

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“Seminar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of seminar

: a meeting in which you receive information on and training in a particular subject
: a class offered to a small group of students at a college or university

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