seminary

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noun sem·i·nary \ˈse-mə-ˌner-ē\

Definition of seminary

plural

seminaries

  1. 1 :  an environment in which something originates and from which it is propagated a seminary of vice and crime

  2. 2a :  an institution of secondary or higher educationb :  an institution for the training of candidates for the priesthood, ministry, or rabbinate

Examples of seminary in a sentence

  1. a seminary exclusively for women

  2. some claimed that orphanages were seminaries of sin and petty crime, turning out juvenile delinquents by the score

Origin and Etymology of seminary

Middle English, seedbed, nursery, from Latin seminarium, from semin-, semen seed


First Known Use: 1542


SEMINARY Defined for English Language Learners

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noun sem·i·nary \ˈse-mə-ˌner-ē\

Definition of seminary for English Language Learners

  • : a school for training religious leaders (such as priests, ministers, and rabbis)


SEMINARY Defined for Kids

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noun sem·i·nary \ˈse-mə-ˌner-ē\

Definition of seminary for Students

plural

seminaries

  1. 1 :  a private school at or above the high school level

  2. 2 :  a school for the training of priests, ministers, or rabbis



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