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  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.
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Origin of seminar

1885–90, Americanism; < German < Latin sēminārium seminary
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Related Words for seminar

forum, discussion, workshop, convention, symposium, meeting, palaver, powwow

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Contemporary Examples of seminar

Historical Examples of seminar

  • 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


  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
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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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