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
Recent Examples on the Web The sports center will host an auxiliary gym, community spaces for students, fieldhouse, multipurpose studio, seminar classroom and weight and cardio fitness room. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Irsay family donation to help build Park Tudor's sports center for health and wellness," 4 Aug. 2020 Rarer in the graduate seminar, though, is her self-possession. Rumaan Alam, The New York Review of Books, "The Element of Surprise," 3 Aug. 2020 The Sun column led to a speaking gig at Regis, after David Hicks, head of Regis’ MFA program, asked Brooks to take part in a one-time seminar on the basics of comics writing. John Wenzel, The Know, "What shutdown? Denver comics writer R. Alan Brooks finds success in dark times," 27 July 2020 During my lifetime covering sports, benefiting from a never-ending seminar taught by Hall of Fame coaches, I’ve been blessed to sit at the knee of the late John Wooden at the Final Four. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Making every inning count. Cancer-stricken coach Gail Klock writes playbook on squeezing joy from end of life.," 16 May 2020 A number of years ago, Erik heard about a seminar led by Mike Caro. Maria Konnikova, The Atlantic, "How I Became a Poker Champion in One Year," 23 June 2020 According to the league’s health and safety guidelines, within the 48 hours leading to a team’s departure to Orlando, it is required to hold a virtual education and training seminar conducted by either a team physician or infectious disease expert. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "In bubble we trust? NBA’s tenuous faith in Orlando restart plan will be tested," 6 July 2020 During a seminar at Kitasato University in Japan, a young woman asked about a slide showing a penguin brooding on its nest, wondering about the white and pink lines radiating outward. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The explosive physics of pooping penguins: they can shoot poo over four feet," 4 July 2020 The seminar focuses on parents of elementary age school children and will be provided by ministry partner Street Grace. Brandon Moeller, Houston Chronicle, "July 1-12: Northwest Houston area events to include food drive, fireworks," 29 June 2020

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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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9 Aug 2020

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“Seminar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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