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From Latin sēminārium, from sēmen (seed). Compare seminar. In the ground sense, from Middle English semynair, semynary.



seminary (plural seminaries)

  1. A theological school for the training of rabbis, priests, or ministers.
  2. A private residential school for girls.
  3. (Mormonism) A class of religious education for youths ages 14–18 that accompanies normal secular education.
  4. A piece of ground where seed is sown for producing plants for transplantation.
  5. (by extension) The place or original stock from which anything is brought or produced.
    • 1695, John Woodward, “(please specify the page)”, in An Essay toward a Natural History of the Earth: And Terrestrial Bodies, Especially Minerals: [], London: [] Ric[hard] Wilkin [], OCLC 1179517876:
      the Seminary or Promptuary that furnisheth forth Matter for the Formation and Increment of Animal and Vegetable Bodies
  6. (obsolete) Seminal state or polity.
    • 1650, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica: [], 2nd edition, London: [] A[braham] Miller, for Edw[ard] Dod and Nath[aniel] Ekins, [], OCLC 152706203:
      The hadn of God that first created the Earth, hath with variety disposed the principles of all things; wisely contriving them in their proper seminaries
  7. A Roman Catholic priest educated in a foreign seminary; a seminarist.
    • 1638, Jeremy Taylor, Sermon on Gunpowder Treason
      I shall not need to instance in the effects which this bull produced; the treason of Watson and Cleark, two English seminaries, are sufficiently known
  8. (archaic) An academic seminar.

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seminary (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to seed; seminal.