pre seminary


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

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

seminarial, adjective
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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]

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Word Origin & History

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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