seminary

noun sem·i·nary \ ˈse-mə-ˌner-ē \

Definition of seminary

plural seminaries
1 :an environment in which something originates and from which it is propagated
  • a seminary of vice and crime
2 a :an institution of secondary or higher education
b :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

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Origin and Etymology of seminary

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


SEMINARY Defined for English Language Learners

seminary

noun

Definition of seminary for English Language Learners

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


SEMINARY Defined for Kids

seminary

noun sem·i·nary \ ˈse-mə-ˌner-ē \

Definition of seminary for Students

plural seminaries
1 :a private school at or above the high school level
2 :a school for the training of priests, ministers, or rabbis


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