seminary

[sem-uh-ner-ee]
noun, plural seminaries.
1.
a special school providing education in theology, religious history, etc., primarily to prepare students for the priesthood, ministry, or rabbinate.
2.
a school, especially one of higher grade.
3.
a school of secondary or higher level for young women.
4.
seminar ( def 1 ).
5.
a place of origin and propagation: a seminary of discontent.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English: seed plot, nursery < Latin sēminārium, equivalent to sēmin- (stem of sēmen) seed, semen + -ārium -ary

seminarial, adjective
preseminary, adjective, noun, plural preseminaries.
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seminary (ˈsɛmɪnərɪ)
 
n , pl -naries
1.  an academy for the training of priests, rabbis, etc
2.  (US) another word for seminar
3.  a place where something is grown
 
[C15: from Latin sēminārium a nursery garden, from sēmen seed]
 
semi'narial
 
adj

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seminary
c.1440, "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). Meaning "school for training priests" first recorded 1581; commonly used for any
school (especially academies for young ladies) from 1585 to 1930s. Seminarian "seminary student" is attested from 1584.
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Example sentences
Throw a little seminary training on top and you have a decent measure of the guy-complicated, interested, clever and unbounded.
At best they outsource instruction in this area to the local seminary.
And, equally important, this represents a change in seminary training from previous decades.
We both were interested in theology, maybe even in seminary.
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