9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[sem-uh-nahr] /ˈsɛm əˌnɑr/
a small group of students, as in a university, engaged in advanced study and original research under a member of the faculty and meeting regularly to exchange information and hold discussions.
the gathering place of such a group.
a meeting of such a group.
a course or subject of study for advanced graduate students.
any meeting for exchanging information and holding discussions.
Origin of seminar
1885-90, Americanism; < German < Latin sēminārium seminary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for seminar
  • Many departments invite guest speakers to give a talk and spend a day or two visiting as part of a seminar series.
  • The programme concludes with an eight-week in-company consulting project and a final careers seminar.
  • Hopefully the seminar leader won't feel uncomfortable handling this situation, but it's a tricky one.
  • There is a two-day career-planning seminar in the first-year fall semester.
  • The seminar is being held in a large, mealy-carpeted room at the back of a church.
  • Holm defended himself at the seminar by saying that he wanted to start a conversation.
  • The best teaching doesn't always happen around a seminar table.
  • So of course my seminar comes up in conversation but pointing to another blog where she whines about it.
  • Does not include scholars on short-term seminar programs.
  • Finally, a mathematician in one seminar said he never spoke when the group met because its pace was too fast for him.
British Dictionary definitions for seminar


a small group of students meeting regularly under the guidance of a tutor, professor, etc, to exchange information, discuss theories, etc
one such meeting or the place in which it is held
a higher course for postgraduates
any group or meeting for holding discussions or exchanging information
Word Origin
C19: via German from Latin sēmināriumseminary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for seminar

1887, "special group-study class for advanced students," from German Seminar "group of students working with a professor," from Latin seminarium "breeding ground, plant nursery" (see seminary). Sense of "meeting for discussion of a subject" first recorded 1944.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for seminar

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for seminar

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with seminar