seminary

[ sem-uh-ner-ee ]
/ ˈsɛm əˌnɛr i /

noun, plural sem·i·nar·ies.

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.
a place of origin and propagation: a seminary of discontent.

Origin of seminary

1400–50; late Middle English: seed plot, nursery < Latin sēminārium, equivalent to sēmin- (stem of sēmen) seed, semen + -ārium -ary

Related forms

sem·i·nar·i·al, adjectivepre·sem·i·nar·y, adjective, noun, plural pre·sem·i·nar·ies.
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seminary

/ (ˈsɛmɪnərɪ) /

noun plural -naries

an academy for the training of priests, rabbis, etc
US another word for seminar (def. 1)
a place where something is grown

Derived Forms

seminarial, adjective

Word Origin for seminary

C15: from Latin sēminārium a nursery garden, from sēmen seed
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