Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A theological school for the training of rabbis, priests, or ministers.
  • n. A private residential school for girls.
  • n. A class of religious education for youths ages 14–18 that accompanies normal secular education.
  • adj. Of or relating to seed; seminal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to seed; seminal.
  • n. A piece of ground where seed is sown for producing plants for transplantation; a nursery; a seed plat.
  • n. 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. Seminal state.
  • n. Fig.: A seed bed; a source.
  • n. A Roman Catholic priest educated in a foreign seminary; a seminarist.

from The 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.

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

  • n. a theological school for training ministers or priests or rabbis
  • n. a private place of education for the young

Etymologies

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)
From Latin sēminārium, from sēmen ("seed"). Compare seminar. (Wiktionary)

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  • 1 seminary = 500 millinaries

    February 23, 2008