sem·​i·​nar·​i·​an ˌse-mə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce seminarian (audio)
: a student in a seminary especially of the Roman Catholic Church

Examples of seminarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The leader of the legislative opposition was state Rep. James Talarico (D), a Presbyterian seminarian. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 And fellow seminarians with the same blood type came every day to give blood. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 14 Mar. 2024 The archdiocese also has changed policies related to hiring staff and screening seminarians interested in becoming priests. Dan Horn, The Enquirer, 9 Feb. 2024 Ireland has a mere 20 seminarians total, and much of Europe is seeing precipitous declines in priestly vocations as well as parish attendance. Tim Busch, National Review, 23 Dec. 2023 Broderick Witt was a seminarian at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary & School of Theology, according to a news release. Kate Linderman, Kansas City Star, 9 Feb. 2024 The house, named after St. John Berchmans, a Jesuit seminarian who died in 1621, served as a dormitory building back when Bellarmine was a boarding school and also as an infirmary. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, 6 Feb. 2024 The group also includes Bishop Isidoro Mora, 15 priests and two seminarians. José De Córdoba, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2024 Two seminarians who had been jailed were also included in the prisoner release. Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seminarian was in 1794

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“Seminarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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sem·​i·​nar·​i·​an ˌsem-ə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce seminarian (audio)
: a student in a seminary
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