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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Even before five-time world champion Brazil lost to Belgium in the quarterfinals, CONMEBOL held a seminar to discuss the lack of infrastructure and organization within youth football. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Enforced development helps give Europe a grip on World Cup," 10 July 2018 Last month, the office also hosted a training seminar for about 1,000 attorneys, Strong said. Elyssa Cherney,, "After months of delay, Cook County begins first day of electronic filing for civil cases," 2 July 2018 Dietitian Kelly Drew presented this information earlier this year in a nutritional seminar to clients at the Princeton Club fitness center in New Berlin. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: The body's second brain — the gut — and how to keep it healthy," 13 June 2018 Representatives from the Ohio Ethics Commission conducted a seminar in February for council members and council staff. Mark Naymik,, "CLE Chatter: Complaining costs Bay Village new library (for now); TJ Dow proves he's still deplorable; and other tidbits from our town," 27 Apr. 2018 Jefferson Parish public school system is holding two free seminars to help their students and parents fill out the free application for federal student aid form, known as FAFSA. Littice Bacon-blood,, "Need help filling out that FAFSA form? Jefferson Parish offers Parent FAFSA Day," 12 Apr. 2018 The program focuses on developing young players on and off the field through seminars, mentorships, games, scout evaluations and high-level instruction. John Smallwood,, "Female athletes keep plugging away in sports that don't offer big money," 5 July 2018 Learn from the hunting, fishing and camping experts with how-to-seminars, product demos, and the latest gear and techniques. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Big July Calendar: Month is lit with fireworks, comic con and the Canyon County Fair," 28 June 2018 All the while, Riley read every interview on, paid for seminars with Judith Weston and Bruce A. Block, and incessantly watched films, like French director Leos Carax’s Holy Motors and Paul Schrader’s Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters. Joseph Bien-kahn, WIRED, "Radical As Ever, Boots Riley Takes On the Tech Boom," 4 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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