sem·​i·​nary | \ ˈse-mə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce seminary (audio) \
plural seminaries

Definition of seminary

1 : an environment in which something originates and from which it is propagated a seminary of vice and crime
2a : an institution of secondary or higher education
b : an institution for the training of candidates for the priesthood, ministry, or rabbinate

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Examples of seminary in a Sentence

a seminary exclusively for women some claimed that orphanages were seminaries of sin and petty crime, turning out juvenile delinquents by the score
Recent Examples on the Web Faithful America, which claims more than 160,000 members from every major Christian denomination, has collected over 11,000 signatures on its online petition that was posted June 8 and addressed to the trustees of the Louisville seminary. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Petition seeks firing of Southern Baptist seminary president Mohler over protest remarks," 11 June 2020 The Indian government has been racing to track down anyone from Tablighi’s seminary and quarantine congregants. Jeffrey Gettleman And,, "In India, coronavirus fans religious hatred," 12 Apr. 2020 The Indian government has been racing to track down anyone from Tablighi’s seminary and quarantine congregants. New York Times, "In India, Coronavirus Fans Religious Hatred," 12 Apr. 2020 But the early fascination with sportscasting blended his love for the language — sharpened while taking three years of Latin at an all-boys Catholic high school on the grounds of a seminary — and obsession with sports. Ron Kroichick,, "Tim Roye: Voice of the Warriors for 25 years," 28 Feb. 2020 Rare books from the seminary's library and valuable portraits by the influential artist Thomas Eakins have been sold off. Matt Sedensky, Anchorage Daily News, "After abuse scandals, seminarians pledge to ‘get it right’," 17 Feb. 2020 The seminary plans to relocate from its current location off Dacoma and U.S. 290 in northwest Houston. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Real estate transactions: Common Desk to add Galleria area coworking option," 27 Dec. 2019 In 1996, in Afghanistan, the Taliban, a band of former seminary students, drove the government of President Burhanuddin Rabbani out of Kabul, captured the capital, and executed former leader Najibullah., "In 1772, Patriot firebrand and brewer Samuel Adams was born in Boston.," 27 Sep. 2019 Leonard, who once taught at the Louisville seminary, said Mohler must make amends with Baptist mega-church pastors who adore the president. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Evangelical leader who once denounced Trump embraces him now. Is it political opportunism?," 26 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of seminary

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for seminary

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

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The first known use of seminary was in 1542

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“Seminary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of seminary

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


sem·​i·​nary | \ ˈse-mə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce seminary (audio) \
plural seminaries

Kids Definition of seminary

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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