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

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Tales of the Cocktail 2016 continued the conference's trend of sneaking science into a series of bar industry seminars. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Space and booze, an anecdotal history," 6 July 2019 USA Gymnastics plans a series of education seminars at meetings this summer as well as a webinar to help further explain the policy. Rachel Axon And Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "USA Gymnastics releases new Safe Sport policy, signals 'next step' to athlete safety," 19 June 2019 At Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton 7-10 p.m. Friday, the summer solstice and International Yoga Day will be celebrated with a free, multisensory evening of yoga, art, seminars, music and vendors. Ben Crandell,, "Weekend preview: More sun, more yoga, Tom Petty, Patrick and the Swayzees," 19 June 2019 Instead of merely attending three seminars a year, they might be invited to meet officials involved in the planning of parliamentary business, enabling them to flag up matters of concern. Erasmus, The Economist, "Europe’s secularists worry about the rise of Christian-nativist populism," 11 June 2019 All of those how-to books on writing, all of those seminars, the vast Writing-Industrial Complex stretching from coast to coast. David Means, Harper's magazine, "A writer alone with the work," 10 Apr. 2019 Attend a service, seminar or event that will broaden your outlook and encourage you to expand your beliefs, interests and desire to help others. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: June 23, 2019," 23 June 2019 The scheme hit particularly hard in a pocket of southern Louisiana where Mr. Stanford began courting Exxon workers and retirees with investment dinners and seminars in the late 1990s. Katy Stech Ferek, WSJ, "For Ponzi Victims, the Aftermath Is Long," 22 June 2019 Info: Robin Hamm-Jackson, (920) 746-1071, option 3; Ebert’s Greenhouse Village: Free gardening seminars with Melinda Myers. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A listing of home and garden events for the Milwaukee area (Summer 2019 edition)," 21 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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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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