American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A school, especially a theological school for the training of priests, ministers, or rabbis.
- n. A school of higher education, especially a private school for girls.
- n. A place or environment in which something is developed or nurtured.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to seed or semen; seminal.
- Of or pertaining to a seminary (def. II., 3): said of a Roman Catholic priest.
- Of or pertaining to a seminary (def. II., 5): as, a seminary course.
- n. A seed-plot; ground where seed is sown for producing plants for transplantation; a nursery: now only in figurative use.
- n. Figuratively The original place or original stock whence anything is brought.
- n. A place of education; any school, academy, college, or university in which persons (especially the young) are instructed in the several branches of learning which may qualify them for their future employments; specifically, a school for the education of men for the priesthood or ministry.
- n. A seminary priest; a Roman Catholic priest educated in a seminary, especially a foreign one; a seminarist.
- n. In some universities and institutions, a group of advanced students pursuing some branch by real research, the writing of theses, etc.; also, the course of study engaged in by such students; a seminary course: imitated from German use. Also seminar.
- n. A theological school for the training of rabbis, priests, or ministers.
- n. A private residential school for girls.
- n. Mormonism A class of religious education for youths ages 14–18 that accompanies normal secular education.
- adj. Of or relating to seed; seminal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A piece of ground where seed is sown for producing plants for transplantation; a nursery; a seed plat.
- n. obsolete Hence, the place or original stock whence anything is brought or produced.
- n. A place of education, as a scool of a high grade, an academy, college, or university.
- n. obsolete Seminal state.
- n. obsolete Fig.: A seed bed; a source.
- n. obsolete A Roman Catholic priest educated in a foreign seminary; a seminarist.
- adj. rare Belonging to seed; seminal.
- n. a theological school for training ministers or priests or rabbis
- n. a private place of education for the young
- From Latin sēminārium, from sēmen ("seed"). Compare seminar. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, seed plot, from Latin sēminārium, from sēminārius, of seed, from sēmen, sēmin-, seed; see sē- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And his teacher in seminary is a huge fan of the show.”
“Sometimes what we read and learn in seminary is something of a mystery to the outside world.”
“If the word seminary conjures up images of an austere, cloistered, and religious world, you are not far off at all.”
“GH: My brother-in-law is in seminary school right now.”
“I did get a whiff of the ridiculousness Southern fundamentalism in seminary (tons of Southern boys there who wanted to chat with me for periods longer than I was comfortable with when I ran into them), but even then it was moderated by the sophistication (in every sense of the word) of education.”
“Now that I'm in seminary studying philosophy, I'm reading plenty of nonfiction and not very much fiction, but we're still doing the Fiction Fast, and we're still doing the Lenten Read-a-Thon, though I have selected for this year a book much shorter and lighter than what we've read in years past, mostly because of my limited time for extracurricular reading:”
“Years after first writing about Edythe, I took a writing class while in seminary at the Earlham School of Religion.”
“A young student in seminary was told to open a Bible at random, bring his hand down on any verse, and preach on that verse.”
“I did a research paper on pirates and Puritans in seminary, so this comic is real treat to read.”
“First, a little background from a modest paper I wrote on Rauschenbusch while in seminary:”
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