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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Did someone come in and do a seminar on philosophy? Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Good Place Creator Michael Schur on How He Made Philosophy a Pop Culture Phenomenon," 6 Dec. 2018 The seminar was $35, nearly a week’s pay for the young Mr. Robbins. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "Tony Robbins Talks About His Best—and Worst—Financial Bets," 19 Oct. 2018 The seminars are on Thursdays at 7 p.m. beginning in April. Courant Community, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 10 Apr. 2018 The seminars are May 25 and May 26 and range from a wine 101 class for newbies to a deeper dive into California wineries. Ann Maloney,, "Peek into French Quarter wine cellars: A NOWFE 'experience'," 23 Mar. 2018 Remaining seminars are at 6:30 tonight, Sage Canyon School; 6:30 p.m Monday, Carmel Del Mar School; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sycamore Ridge School. Laura Groch,, "North County School News, March 1," 1 Mar. 2018 Educational seminars are also available in the Champion Wine Garden too, ranging from $40 to $70 per person. Dale Robertson, Houston Chronicle, "Rodeo wine auction lassos $1.8 million," 27 Feb. 2018 Labor law, payroll tax seminar The state of California Employment Development Department and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement offer a State Labor Law and Payroll Tax Seminar from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 19 at 1635 Faraday Ave. Laura Groch,, "North County Business Briefs, July 12," 12 July 2018 His nomination is not an interesting intellectual exercise to be debated amongst classmates and scholars in seminar. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Yale students and alumni blast law school for praising Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s choice for Supreme Court," 11 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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The first known use of seminar was in 1863

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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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