Definition of seminar in English:



  • 1A conference or other meeting for discussion or training.

    • ‘Moy Valley Tourism represents the region at tourism conferences and seminars.’
    • ‘Martin said that he now will front conferences, seminars and corporate events and continue with his after dinner speeches.’
    • ‘The inter-connecting rooms can be used for meetings, seminars, lectures, dinners and receptions.’
    • ‘There will be opportunity at the conclusion of the seminar for questions and debate.’
    • ‘The seven-day fest will be enhanced by seminars, discussions and conferences.’
    • ‘Big business is looking for dry communities to hold seminars and conferences for staff and customers.’
    • ‘This involves a lot of reading and attendance at professional body and industry conferences and seminars.’
    • ‘The rest of the time we sit on panel discussions and in seminars and bash ourselves.’
    • ‘It is set to be packed with meetings, seminars and assemblies.’
    • ‘Interactive City II will have panels, masterclasses, seminars and celebrity interviews.’
    • ‘Do you keep falling asleep in managerial meetings, seminars and planning sessions?’
    • ‘You are likely to work with people from overseas and participate in international seminars or meetings.’
    • ‘The offers to speak at conferences and seminars have dried up.’
    • ‘They go off to meetings, seminars, conferences, and never involve anyone at a non-director level.’
    • ‘He has presented other papers on health issues at various conferences and seminars.’
    • ‘At seminars or meetings, it was often he alone who saw the point of a question, and he would not hesitate to rephrase it, if he thought it unclear.’
    • ‘This facility is also used to host bespoke training programmes and seminars.’
    • ‘The most illuminating part of the seminar was the discussion that followed the speech.’
    • ‘She had conducted seminars, conferences and workshops in business and industrial relations.’
    • ‘Despite being a living, working convent, it also has facilities for conferences and seminars.’
    discussion, symposium, meeting, conference, congress, convention, forum, awayday, convocation, colloquy, summit, synod, conclave, consultation
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    1. 1.1A class at a college or university in which a topic is discussed by a teacher and a small group of students.
      • ‘The seminar's topic was Renaissance utopian literatures, focusing on More's Utopia.’
      • ‘But one might think that it must be a seminar or theory class for those students separately.’
      • ‘But I'd naively failed to notice that at least three members of the seminar were mature students.’
      • ‘Life in that parsonage was like one long seminar from a university tutor.’
      • ‘Books, treatises, speeches, workshops and seminars on the topic are plentiful.’
      • ‘As part of the seminar, students pasted stickers on safe driving on vehicles.’
      • ‘This was the topic of a recent seminar at the prestigious Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.’
      • ‘For many years after retiring he continued to teach at Sussex, giving both tutorials and seminars.’
      • ‘The Institute of Science and Society will hold four public seminars this semester.’
      • ‘The seminar is aimed at students and those interested in careers in these dynamic sectors.’
      • ‘The worst thing is that, in seminars, one lecturer puts people's essays up on a projector screen and the rest of the group has to comment on it.’
      • ‘For a long time there have been insufficient seminars for all students.’
      • ‘I was lucky enough to be able to attend his final seminar class before his retirement.’
      • ‘I see some of the smartest people in my university seminars destroyed in other people's eyes.’
      • ‘He introduced the seminar method to teach students the latest advances in mathematics.’
      • ‘Despite initial concerns, the students at the seminar were supportive of the initiative.’
      • ‘How much time will be spent in lectures, seminars, personal study and assignments?’
      • ‘A large number of US medical schools have elective classes and seminars on complementary medicine.’
      • ‘Waterloo has tried offering lighter seminars for first year students in recent years.’
      • ‘Open days, night classes and seminars will all be used, depending on which is most appropriate.’
      study group, workshop, tutorial, lecture, session, class, lesson, period
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Late 19th century: from German Seminar, from Latin seminarium (see seminary).