sem·​i·​nar | \ˈse-mə-ˌnär \

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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The two have organized a weekend of activities, seminars, and spa treatments — from princess carriage rides to ocean express facials. Alexis Jones, Woman's Day, "This Couple Is Giving Breast Cancer Survivors a Place to Call Paradise," 28 Sep. 2018 The restaurant functions as a social hub for Oceana’s residents, hosting wine seminars and other events. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Want to Eat Here? First Buy a Multimillion-Dollar Condo," 13 Sep. 2018 Eighty-five girls from throughout the county took part in seminars, asked questions and put together work-appropriate outfits at Macy’s South Coast Plaza. Ben Brazil,, "Costa Mesa nonprofit prepares girls for the workforce with event at South Coast Plaza," 28 June 2018 The day-long event will feature gaming stations, seminars and a cosplay fashion show. Emily Bloch,, "Teen comic convention returns in Davie," 13 July 2018 The Grand Tasting includes unlimited sampling foods prepared by local chefs, chef demonstrations, seminars and panels, and tasting of fine wines and craft beers. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Richard Blais leads celebrity chef parade at Wine & Food Experience," 11 July 2018 The three-day seminar and healing experience is based on the idea that families of fallen service members can live in a way that honors the life of their service member, despite their terrible loss. Hilary Decent, Naperville Sun, "Decent: Tribute to fallen soldier keeps his memory alive," 6 July 2018 There will also be wine seminars and jazz concerts. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Where should you travel in July? Here are some ideas.," 2 July 2018 Participants get intensive voice lessons, coaching, movement sessions, master classes, seminars and roundtable discussions. Paul Hodgins,, "Opera NEO blazes new trails on a shoestring, focusing on education and unpredictability," 1 July 2018

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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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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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