noun (plural -naries) Etymology: Middle English, seedbed, nursery, from Latin seminarium, from semin-, semen seed Date: 1542 1. an environment in which something originates and from which it is propagated <
a seminary of vice and crime
2. a. an institution of secondary or higher education b. an institution for the training of candidates for the priesthood, ministry, or rabbinate

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  • Seminary — Sem i*na*ry, n.; pl. {Seminaries}. [L. seminarium, fr. seminarius belonging to seed, fr. semon, seminis, seed. See {Seminal}.] 1. A piece of ground where seed is sown for producing plants for transplantation; a nursery; a seed plat. [Obs.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Seminary — Seminary, MS U.S. town in Mississippi Population (2000): 335 Housing Units (2000): 150 Land area (2000): 0.949315 sq. miles (2.458715 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.006709 sq. miles (0.017375 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.956024 sq. miles (2.476090… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • seminary — mid 15c., plot where plants are raised from seeds, from L. seminarium plant nursery, figuratively, breeding ground, from seminarius of seed, from semen (gen. seminis) seed (see SEMEN (Cf. semen)). Meaning school for training priests first… …   Etymology dictionary

  • seminary — ► NOUN (pl. seminaries) ▪ a training college for priests or rabbis. DERIVATIVES seminarian noun seminarist noun. ORIGIN Latin seminarium seed plot, seminary , from semen seed …   English terms dictionary

  • Seminary — Sem i*na*ry, a. [L. seminarius.] Belonging to seed; seminal. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • seminary — [sem′ə ner΄ē] n. pl. seminaries [ME, seed plot < L seminarium, seed plot, nursery, neut. of seminarius, of seed < semen, a SEED] 1. Now Rare a place where something develops, grows, or is bred 2. Old fashioned a school, esp. a private… …   English World dictionary

  • Seminary — A seminary, theological college, or divinity school is an institution of higher education for educating students (sometimes called seminarians) in theology, generally to prepare them for ordination as clergy or for other ministry. The English… …   Wikipedia

  • Seminary — No debe confundirse con Seminario. Seminary, Misisipi Pueblo de los Estados Unidos …   Wikipedia Español

  • seminary — Seminar Sem i*nar , n. [G. See {Seminary}, 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • seminary — n. a theological seminary * * * [ semɪn(ə)rɪ] a theological seminary …   Combinatory dictionary

  • seminary — UK [ˈsemɪnərɪ] / US [ˈsemɪˌnerɪ] noun [countable] Word forms seminary : singular seminary plural seminaries a college for people who want to train to be priests or religious leaders …   English dictionary

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