[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. seminal granule,
  2. seminal lake,
  3. seminal principle,
  4. seminal vesicle,
  5. seminally,
  6. seminarian,
  7. seminary,
  8. semination,
  9. seminiferous,
  10. seminiferous epithelium

Origin of seminar

1885–90, Americanism; < German < Latin sēminārium seminary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for seminar


/ (ˈsɛmɪˌnɑː) /


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 for seminar

C19: via German from Latin sēminārium seminary

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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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