- a special school providing education in theology, religious history, etc., primarily to prepare students for the priesthood, ministry, or rabbinate.
- a school, especially one of higher grade.
- a school of secondary or higher level for young women.
- seminar(def 1).
- a place of origin and propagation: a seminary of discontent.
Origin of seminary
Examples from the Web for seminary
Better that I leave the seminary than stay and become a sourpuss.A Catholic Ex-Banker on Pope Francis’s Radical Views
December 15, 2013
If he had known his family tree, his parents could have said, ‘You’re going to seminary.Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reveals Rick Warren’s Slave-Holding Ancestors
April 15, 2012
Zaytuna began as a modest Islamic seminary nestled in the mellow suburbs of Hayward, California, in 1996.The Next Muslim Controversy
August 18, 2010
A former Goldman partner, a minister, and seminary president have a biblically ambitious plan to help the company do just that.
A former Goldman partner, a minister, and seminary president have an biblically ambitious plan to help the company do just that.
He, who was sixteen, was to enter the seminary on the following Tuesday.
And it was with surprise that he now recalled those years of seminary life.
The Patriarch then sent him to a Seminary; he was to become a priest, my son.The Book of Khalid
It was indeed a "seminary of every vice and of every disease."The Shadow of a Crime
Probably the after-effects of the seminary still, dear lady.Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)
- an academy for the training of priests, rabbis, etc
- US another word for seminar (def. 1)
- a place where something is grown
Word Origin and History for seminary
mid-15c., "plot where plants are raised from seeds," from Latin seminarium "plant nursery, seed plot," figuratively, "breeding ground," from seminarius "of seed," from semen (genitive seminis) "seed" (see semen). Meaning "school for training priests" first recorded 1580s; commonly used for any school (especially academies for young ladies) from 1580s to 1930s.