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

Examples of seminar in a Sentence

a seminar on career planning a seminar bringing together the world's leading epidemiologists
Recent Examples on the Web Grants went to 54 entities that plan to build 150 stations over the next year or so, Erin Bostwick, who coordinated the grant program, said at the seminar. Globe Staff,, 7 June 2022 There was no retreat or bonding seminar or anything. Jessica Derschowitz, Variety, 9 June 2022 Tom is already having trouble hitting his book deadline even before his dad interjects in his writing seminar. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 The North Coast Wine Club is holding Pinot Noir Four Ways as part of its ongoing wine-education seminar. Marc Bona, cleveland, 8 Mar. 2022 My seminar allowed for a genuine conversation to transpire. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 2 Mar. 2022 Colts team owner Jim Irsay was presented with the 2021 Community Ambassador of Hope Award by the Hope for Depression Research Foundation at its luncheon seminar Wednesday. Indystar Sports, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Nov. 2021 On September 10, Sheng wanted to demonstrate to his composition seminar how composer Giuseppe Verdi had adapted William Shakespeare’s Othello into an opera. Charles Hilu, National Review, 15 Oct. 2021 The Outreach and Helping Hands Ministry at the UCC will host an informative seminar designed to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and highlight issues related to mental health and current trends in substance use. Hartford Courant, 18 May 2022 See More

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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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29 Jul 2022

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“Seminar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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