sem·​i·​nar·​i·​an | \ˌse-mə-ˈner-ē-ən \

Definition of seminarian 

: a student in a seminary especially of the Roman Catholic Church

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Another tape included a comment about the figure of a teenage girl and another criticized female seminarians who don’t work hard enough to look good. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post, "Southern Baptist leader encouraged a woman not to report alleged rape to police and told her to forgive assailant, she says," 22 May 2018 One of the four new seminarians - Matthew Gomez, 27, was born right here in Hialeah. Bea L. Hines, miamiherald, "Black graduates celebrate decades of culture at Howard University | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018 Two seminarians with local ties, Tyler Kline and Matthew DeFusco, are on their way to the path to Catholic priesthood, as they were both ordained as deacons at the Basilica of the Assumption on May 26. Melissa Whatley,, "Recent Dulaney High grad recognized as student-athlete with a scholarship," 13 June 2018 Between Christmases, the former seminarian attended Mass at St. Cecilia’s every Sunday. Yvonne Abraham,, "One man’s mission to remember and honor those lost to AIDS," 9 June 2018 Eight seminarians carried the casket into the chapel, and the group followed to begin the vigil. Michael Democker,, "Watch Saints fans sing outside the visitation for Tom Benson," 21 Mar. 2018 The retreat featured innovations such as leadership teams run by college students, seminarians and religious sisters. Bonnie L. Cook,, "John J. Nevins, 86, Catholic priest known as 'Rev. Nev'," 26 June 2018 Patterson is accused of commenting on a teenage girl's body, saying female seminarians should work to look attractive and that abused women should almost always stay with their husbands. Fox News, "Prominent Baptist leader removed as head of Texas seminary," 23 May 2018 Before his denomination allowed the ordination of female priests in 1976, Bishop Eastman had a female seminarian working on his staff. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, "A. Theodore Eastman, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, dies at 89," 28 Apr. 2018

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1794, in the meaning defined above

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: someone who is studying at a seminary

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