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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Professor Rowena He, who participated in the Tiananmen protests as a college student in 1989 and now teaches a freshman seminar on the movement at Harvard, often encounters students from mainland China who have never heard of the Tiananmen Massacre. Helen Raleigh, National Review, "Thirty Years after Tiananmen, China Is Still Unwilling to Tell the Truth," 4 June 2019 The Student Volunteer Army shared its tips on youth activism throughout the week, while also attending seminars held by University of Canterbury professors on global youth activism and maintaining traction in the youth movement. Beatrice Dupuy, Teen Vogue, "28 Parkland Students Traveled to New Zealand to Attend a Summit on Youth Activism," 10 Aug. 2018 Pakhnotskaya, whose job includes running educational seminars on anti-doping across Russia, doesn’t want athletes to dismiss TUEs out of hand. James Ellingworth, The Seattle Times, "Russia warms to controversial TUEs after doping scandals," 12 Apr. 2019 Rather, the National Museum is a triumphant monument, an encapsulation, and a seminar on Qatar’s past, present, and future. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019 Genealogy seminar Mark Olsen, a representative of Software MacKiev, will discuss the software Family Tree Maker from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "This Week in Naperville," 22 June 2018 Individuals find their way into the business through video tutorials, seminars and hotel-room conferences that pitch delinquent-loan investing as a route to stable income. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "‘I Can Be the Bank’: Individual Investors Buy Busted Mortgages," 20 Nov. 2018 Enjoy access to The Cellar Wine Seminar - seating first come, first served, chef demonstrations, seminars and panels from local and national culinary talent. Indianapolis Star, "Save on Wine & Food Experience Tickets," 24 May 2018 Lauderhill Commissioner Ken Thurston is organizing a free two-part grant writing seminar designed for nonprofit and community organizations in need of resources. Dan White,, "Lauderhill grant writing seminar aims to education community organizations," 13 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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