seminary


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sem·i·nar·y

 (sĕm′ə-nĕr′ē)
n. pl. sem·i·nar·ies
1.
a. A school, especially a theological school for the training of clergy.
b. A school of higher education, especially a private school for girls.
2. A place or environment in which something is developed or nurtured.

[Middle English, seed plot, from Latin sēminārium, from sēminārius, of seed, from sēmen, sēmin-, seed; see sē- in Indo-European roots.]

seminary

(ˈsɛmɪnərɪ)
n, pl -naries
1. (Education) an academy for the training of priests, rabbis, etc
2. (Education) US another word for seminar1
3. (Agriculture) a place where something is grown
[C15: from Latin sēminārium a nursery garden, from sēmen seed]
ˌsemiˈnarial adj

sem•i•nar•y

(ˈsɛm əˌnɛr i)

n., pl. -nar•ies.
1. a special school that prepares students for the priesthood, ministry, or rabbinate.
2. a school, esp. one of higher grade.
3. a school of secondary or higher level for young women.
4. a place of origin and propagation: a seminary of discontent.
[1400–50; late Middle English: seed plot, nursery < Latin sēminārium, derivative of sēmin-, s. of sēmen seed, semen]
sem`i•nar′i•al, adj.

seminary

A religious school where priests, ministers, or rabbis are trained.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.seminary - a private place of education for the youngseminary - a private place of education for the young
private school - a school established and controlled privately and supported by endowment and tuition
2.seminary - a theological school for training ministers or priests or rabbis
religious school - a school run by a religious body

seminary

noun college, school, high school, academy, institution, institute Nearly all my immediate family were dead, and I went into a seminary.
Translations
seminář
præsteseminarium
papnevelde
prestaskóli
seminarija
garīgais seminārs
Katolik ilâhiyat fakültesi

seminary

[ˈsemɪnərɪ] Nseminario m

seminary

[ˈsɛmɪnəri] n (for priests)séminaire m

seminary

seminary

[ˈsɛmɪnərɪ] n (Rel) → seminario

seminary

(ˈseminəri) plural ˈseminaries noun
a training college for Roman Catholic priests.
References in classic literature ?
Had a lively time in my seminary this morning, for the children acted like Sancho, and at one time I really thought I should shake them all round.
Stowe, then of Lane Seminary, Ohio, with regard to emancipated slaves, now resident in Cincinnati; given to show the capability of the race, even without any very particular assistance or encouragement.
I'm going to school right along now when I'm living with aunt Mirandy, and in two years I'm going to the seminary at Wareham; mother says it ought to be the making of me
Goddard was the mistress of a Schoolnot of a seminary, or an establishment, or any thing which professed, in long sentences of refined nonsense, to combine liberal acquirements with elegant morality, upon new principles and new systemsand where young ladies for enormous pay might be screwed out of health and into vanitybut a real, honest, oldfashioned Boardingschool, where a reasonable quantity of accomplishments were sold at a reasonable price, and where girls might be sent to be out of the way, and scramble themselves into a little education, without any danger of coming back prodigies.
That forest-dell, where Lowood lay, was the cradle of fog and fog- bred pestilence; which, quickening with the quickening spring, crept into the Orphan Asylum, breathed typhus through its crowded schoolroom and dormitory, and, ere May arrived, transformed the seminary into an hospital.
The palace of a chief minister is a seminary to breed up others in his own trade: the pages, lackeys, and porters, by imitating their master, become ministers of state in their several districts, and learn to excel in the three principal ingredients, of insolence, lying, and bribery.
Is nothing more needed than to get a footing, by hook or by crook, in other people's houses to rule over the masters (and that, perhaps, after having been brought up in all the straitness of some seminary, and without having ever seen more of the world than may lie within twenty or thirty leagues round), to fit one to lay down the law rashly for chivalry, and pass judgment on knights-errant?
I had been at the seminary from nine years old; in three days I should have been twenty.
From his home he had gone to the seminary to bid adieu to many schoolmates.
Influenced by the impression I had received of his gentleness, I was a good deal surprised when, on arriving the next day at my new employer's house, and being admitted to a first view of what was to be the sphere of my future labours, namely the large, lofty, and well lighted schoolrooms, I beheld a numerous assemblage of pupils, boys of course, whose collective appearance showed all the signs of a full, flourishing, and well-disciplined seminary.
And then there is the wild chase after it, accompanied by an excitable small dog, who thinks it is a game, and in the course of which you are certain to upset three or four innocent children--to say nothing of their mothers--butt a fat old gentleman on to the top of a perambulator, and carom off a ladies' seminary into the arms of a wet sweep.
One can't be alone for a minute in that great seminary of a house, with all the doors wide open, and always a servant bringing tea, or a log for the fire, or the newspaper