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 seminar, which is focused on riot suppression, counterinsurgency, and counterterrorism, attracts a variety of attendees, including local police, immigration-enforcement agencies, and even campus police. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "How Policing in the U.S. and Security in Israel Are Connected," 16 July 2018 Hulliung attended the doctor’s seminars, read his books, consulted with him about injuries and sent athletes to him for treatment. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "Larry Nassar: The making of a monster who abused gymnasts for decades," 8 Mar. 2018 Of course, Ocasio-Cortez took to (what else) Twitter to confirm the news and added that the seminar would be held ASAP. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Teach Democrats How to Do Twitter," 17 Jan. 2019 Mathie’s free seminar is 6 p.m. July 24 at Plunge Beach Hotel followed by a miniseason kickoff party at 7. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "Florida’s annual two-day lobster miniseason coming soon. Here's what you need to know," 6 July 2018 Five educational and topic-focused seminars are at 1 and 4 p.m. and range from $40 to $100. Marc Bona,, "Wine calendar: Evening of Champagne at 750ml Wines, Stroll Through France wine dinner, Talley Vineyards at L'Albatros, more," 15 May 2018 House flipping seminars are pretty common and are often marketed with a celebrity attached to the event. Veronica Craker, idahostatesman, "House-flipping seminars might come with a twist | Idaho Statesman," 19 Apr. 2018 Initiatives for the Kleinwell Healthy Living Program are annual health screenings, flu and immunization shots, on-site mammography screenings, exercise challenges, healthy eating challenges, health assessments, and educational seminars. Vagney Bradley, Houston Chronicle, "Klein ISD ready to host annual health fair," 3 Apr. 2018 Williams also listed the extensive credentials of police officers who are working on an active shooter training seminar. Michael Gonzalez, Post-Tribune, "Old and new issues crop up at Portage council," 9 Mar. 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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