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seminar

[sem-uh-nahr] /ˈsɛm əˌnɑr/
noun
1.
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.
2.
the gathering place of such a group.
3.
a meeting of such a group.
4.
a course or subject of study for advanced graduate students.
5.
any meeting for exchanging information and holding discussions.
Origin of seminar
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; < German < Latin sēminārium seminary
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seminar

/ˈsɛmɪˌnɑː/
noun
1.
a small group of students meeting regularly under the guidance of a tutor, professor, etc, to exchange information, discuss theories, etc
2.
one such meeting or the place in which it is held
3.
a higher course for postgraduates
4.
any group or meeting for holding discussions or exchanging information
Word Origin
C19: via German from Latin sēmināriumseminary
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Word Origin and History for seminar
n.

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.

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