sem·​i·​nar ˈse-mə-ˌnär How to pronounce seminar (audio)
: a group of advanced students studying under a professor with each doing original research and all exchanging results through reports and discussions
: a course of study pursued by a seminar
: an advanced or graduate course often featuring informality and discussion
: a scheduled meeting of a seminar or a room for such meetings
: 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
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Word History


German, from Latin seminarium nursery

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seminar was in 1863

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“Seminar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


sem·​i·​nar ˈsem-ə-ˌnär How to pronounce seminar (audio)
: a course of study followed by a group of advanced students
: a meeting of a seminar or a room for such meetings
: a meeting for giving and discussing information
a sales seminar

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