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.

1885–90, Americanism; < German < Latin sēminārium seminary Unabridged
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seminar (ˈsɛmɪˌnɑː)
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
[C19: via German from Latin sēmināriumseminary]

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Word Origin & History

1887, from Ger. Seminar "group of students working with a professor," from L. seminarium "breeding ground, plant nursery" (see seminary). Sense of "meeting for discussion of a subject" first recorded 1944.
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Example sentences
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.
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