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 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 Established in 1872 by Bishop Bernard McQuaid, the first bishop of Rochester, O-Neh-Da was originally run by seminarians, and, later, by monks. Elizabeth Barber, The New Yorker, 24 May 2020 That a cardinal would prey on seminarians is abhorrent. WSJ, 31 Aug. 2018 The investigation reviewed personnel records for every priest serving in Missouri since 1945 — more than 2,000 priests and 300 deacons, seminarians and religious women, Schmitt said. Fox News, 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of seminarian

1794, in the meaning defined above

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“Seminarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of seminarian

: someone who is studying at a seminary


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