from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small group of advanced students in a college or graduate school engaged in original research or intensive study under the guidance of a professor who meets regularly with them to discuss their reports and findings.
  • n. A course of study so pursued.
  • n. A scheduled meeting of such a group.
  • n. A meeting for an exchange of ideas; a conference.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A class held for advanced studies in which students meet regularly to discuss original research, under the guidance of a professor.
  • n. A meeting held for the exchange of useful information by members of a common business community.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A group of students engaged, under the guidance of an instructor, in original research in a particular line of study, and in the exposition of the results by theses, lectures, etc.; -- formerly called also seminary, now seldom used in this sense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as seminary. 5.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any meeting for an exchange of ideas
  • n. a course offered for a small group of advanced students


German, from Latin sēminārium, seed plot; see seminary.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Seminar, from Latin sēminārium, from sēmen ("seed"). Compare seminary. (Wiktionary)


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