sem·​i·​nar | \ ˈse-mə-ˌnär How to pronounce seminar (audio) \

Definition of seminar

1 : a group of advanced students studying under a professor with each doing original research and all exchanging results through reports and discussions
2a(1) : a course of study pursued by a seminar
(2) : an advanced or graduate course often featuring informality and discussion
b : a scheduled meeting of a seminar or a room for such meetings
3 : a meeting for giving and discussing information

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Examples of seminar in a Sentence

a seminar on career planning a seminar bringing together the world's leading epidemiologists
Recent Examples on the Web Columbia's Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts helps students understand the legal issues surrounding the authorship of creative works and offers special seminars on topics ranging from theater to sports. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Top Entertainment Law Schools: 11 Colleges and Universities Where Hollywood Reporter's Power Lawyers Got Started," 2 Apr. 2020 The group is planning to mail postcards and conduct seminars on Facebook Live. Alexei Koseff,, "Coronavirus, shelter in place upend California census count just as it’s starting," 19 Mar. 2020 Their Eagle Scout projects were impressive: Evans conducted a seminar on financial management for graduating high school seniors. John Kelly, Washington Post, "As five Eagle Scouts are celebrated, a sixth gets special recognition. He’s 90.," 1 Mar. 2020 In showcasing Turkish artists like Ceylan and Karamustafa, hosting seminars on topics like artists’ rights in Turkey, and launching a residency program, OMM is establishing a new precedent for arts across the country. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Turkey's New Destination Museum Is an Easy Overnight Trip from Istanbul," 25 Feb. 2020 The French Wine Academy With Ben Christiansen — Waterford Wine founder Christiansen will lead five seminars on French wine. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An Italian wine festival and wine seminars are coming to Waterford Wine in Milwaukee," 10 Feb. 2020 So the city imported expertise, staging the Dutch Dialogues, a traveling roadshow that is a cross between a seminar on local hydrology and a design charrette. Jim Morrison, Smithsonian, "Cities Around the Globe Are Eagerly Importing a Dutch Speciality—Flood Prevention," 6 Dec. 2019 Nefesh B’Nefesh will host a financial aliyah (immigration to Israel) seminar from 6:30-8:45 p.m. on Nov. 20 at Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port , 91 SW 18th Ave. in Dania Beach. Sergio Carmona,, "Seminar to provide prospective aliyah with financial advice," 5 Nov. 2019 The Park Ridge Sustainability Task Force will hold a seminar on climate change on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect Ave. Jennifer Johnson,, "What’s happening in Park Ridge: Annual Veterans Day ceremony and concert planned; Oakton presents ‘Diary of Anne Frank’," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of seminar

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for seminar

German, from Latin seminarium nursery

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The first known use of seminar was in 1863

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31 May 2020

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“Seminar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of seminar

: a meeting in which you receive information on and training in a particular subject
: a class offered to a small group of students at a college or university

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