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[sem-uh-nahr] /ˈsɛm əˌnɑr/
a small group of students, as in a university, engaged in advanced study and original research under a member of the faculty and meeting regularly to exchange information and hold discussions.
the gathering place of such a group.
a meeting of such a group.
a course or subject of study for advanced graduate students.
any meeting for exchanging information and holding discussions.
Origin of seminar
1885-90, Americanism; < German < Latin sēminārium seminary Unabridged
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  • I was sitting in a small room where a seminar was being conducted.

  • Another less perfect parallel is the relation of the members of a German theological "seminar" to their professor.

  • A report, for instance, which he read before Brentano's seminar was published by the University.

    An American Idyll Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • After seminar hours the group would foregather at our house to plot as to ways and means.

    An American Idyll Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • The editor of the campus daily saw their point of view—I am not sure now that he was not a member of the seminar.

    An American Idyll Cornelia Stratton Parker
British Dictionary definitions for seminar


a small group of students meeting regularly under the guidance of a tutor, professor, etc, to exchange information, discuss theories, etc
one such meeting or the place in which it is held
a higher course for postgraduates
any group or meeting for holding discussions or exchanging information
Word Origin
C19: via German from Latin sēmināriumseminary
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Word Origin and History for seminar

1887, "special group-study class for advanced students," from German Seminar "group of students working with a professor," from Latin seminarium "breeding ground, plant nursery" (see seminary). Sense of "meeting for discussion of a subject" first recorded 1944.

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