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 young women in the 1800s.
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 the Appendix of 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 ?
The spot was at Chesea, for there Miss Sophia Wackles resided with her widowed mother and two sisters, in conjunction with whom she maintained a very small day-school for young ladies of proportionate dimensions; a circumstance which was made known to the neighbourhood by an oval board over the front first-floor windows, whereupon appeared in circumbmbient flourishes the words 'Ladies' Seminary'; and which was further published and proclaimed at intervals between the hours of half-past nine and ten in the morning, by a straggling and solitrary young lady of tender years standing on the scraper on the tips of her toes and making futile attempts to reach the knocker with spelling-book.
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.
After marching through a number of streets the patrol arrested five more Russian suspects: a small shopkeeper, two seminary students, a peasant, and a house serf, besides several looters.
A house in A , the fashionable watering-place, was hired for our seminary; and a promise of two or three pupils was obtained to commence with.
And Simon Nishikanta tore himself away from his everlasting painting of all colour-delicacies of sea and sky such as are painted by seminary maidens, to be helped and hoisted up the ratlines of the mizzen rigging, the huge bulk of him, by two grinning, slim-waisted sailors, until they lashed him squarely on the crosstrees and left him to stare with eyes of golden desire, across the sun-washed sea through the finest pair of unredeemed binoculars that had ever been pledged in his pawnshops.
"I had been at the seminary from nine years old; in three days I should have been twenty.
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.
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. As I traversed the classes in company with M.
And when I was sixteen we three girls were all sent up to California to Mills Seminary, which was quite fashionable and stifling.
"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.
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.
It had an apothecary, a blacksmith, a plumber, several shops of one sort and another, two churches, and many boarding-houses; but all its interests gathered about its seminary and its academy.