seminar

[sem-uh-nahr]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. the gathering place of such a group.
  3. a meeting of such a group.
  4. a course or subject of study for advanced graduate students.
  5. any meeting for exchanging information and holding discussions.

Origin of seminar

1885–90, Americanism; < German < Latin sēminārium seminary
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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

  • 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

  • After seminar hours the group would foregather at our house to plot as to ways and means.

    An American Idyll

    Cornelia Stratton Parker


British Dictionary definitions for seminar

seminar

noun
  1. a small group of students meeting regularly under the guidance of a tutor, professor, etc, to exchange information, discuss theories, etc
  2. one such meeting or the place in which it is held
  3. a higher course for postgraduates
  4. 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
n.

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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