sem·​i·​nar·​i·​an | \ ˌse-mə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce seminarian (audio) \

Definition of seminarian

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

Examples of seminarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lawsuit, filed by Lebanon attorney Konrad Kircher, says the diocese had obtained information about McWilliams during his years as a seminarian. John Caniglia, cleveland, 29 Mar. 2022 Martinelli was seven months older and a more senior seminarian. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 6 Oct. 2021 Chi-Nhan Vo, a Catholic seminarian from Portland, will be among the three players trying for victory in the Friday, Nov. 19 episode. oregonlive, 19 Nov. 2021 The unidentified seminarian in Tennessee was not Saldana, a priest who worked in Texas. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, 4 June 2021 Between the dad’s penchant for stripping down to boxer shorts when relaxing at home, the mom’s general wackiness, and the seminarian who stays with the family before his ordination, Lockwood has lots of comic material to work with. Globe Staff,, 4 Jan. 2021 Timothy Benson plays a young seminarian who comes to study with the priest and calls him out on his sloppy passionless theology. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Nov. 2020 Satin, who was raised in a family deeply rooted in Catholicism and even spent some time as a teenage seminarian, was determined to silence her identity struggles. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2020 One of the former altar boys says he was repeatedly molested by an older seminarian while living there. Star Tribune, 27 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of seminarian

1794, in the meaning defined above

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“Seminarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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