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
Recent Examples on the Web About 20 strangers in a seminar at the Preston of the Park Cities assisted living facility are instructed to walk around the room greeting each other in the manner of harried executives. Holly Haber, Dallas News, "Improv improves how caregivers work with patients," 12 June 2020 The Fortune seminar also featured Michael Cole, a senior lawyer at the HR and payroll company Gusto. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "How Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is helping black-owned businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic," 12 June 2020 In Austria, 43 of 44 participants in a choir seminar tested positive. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Paging Dr. Hamblin: Can We Sing?," 10 June 2020 Last year, Glassman launched the CrossFit Health Conference, a one-day seminar for medical professionals and other interested parties the day before the CrossFit Games. Tessa Love, Outside Online, "Greg Glassman’s Easy Health Care Fix: More CrossFit," 16 Jan. 2020 In addition to providing videoconferences for students, SAAM’s educators provide professional development seminars for teachers working at the schools. Washington Post, "With interactive conferences, Smithsonian museum shares its collection with military-connected students around the world," 9 Jan. 2020 He was arrested in 2004, not long after the American invasion of Iraq, and held in Camp Bucca, a prison that would become notorious for its role as a sort of graduate seminar for aspiring jihadists. The Economist, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, is dead," 27 Oct. 2019 On-ice clinics and off-ice seminars for youth hockey players and their families will be hosted that weekend by USA Hockey, too. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Matchups, start times announced for inaugural Connecticut Ice college hockey tournament featuring UConn, Quinnipiac, Yale and Sacred Heart," 8 Oct. 2019 The group also offers direct assistance to veterans in need, a three-day support seminar for family members of deceased veterans and other programs. Graydon Megan,, "Man pays to break down Elmhurst front door with gold-painted sledge hammer," 24 June 2019

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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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22 Jun 2020

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“Seminar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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