Definition of seminary in US English:

seminary

nounPlural seminaries

  • A college that prepares students to be priests, ministers, or rabbis.

    • ‘These tended to be younger people, such as Bible college or seminary students.’
    • ‘Education in this study is defined as whether or not a minister has received an advanced level of college and seminary training.’
    • ‘But as a student in seminary, I was challenged to believe that God also redeems and restores all of the cosmos, just as God has redeemed you and me.’
    • ‘The balance of clarity and detail makes this commentary useful for students of Paul in seminary and college courses.’
    • ‘Ask any Bible college or seminary how many of their students are from the UK.’
    • ‘Involvement in campus ministries was often the next step, typically at a denominational or private liberal arts college that sent substantial numbers of students on to seminary.’
    • ‘The result is a fine introduction, useful for advanced lay groups, college students, and introductory seminary courses.’
    • ‘For some time after its foundation, Manly was the only seminary in Australia preparing students for the secular priesthood.’
    • ‘If many current students come to seminary without fixed notions of biblical authority, how can a prime teaching goal continue to be disabusing students of rigidity?’
    • ‘This will be especially true of clergy and seminary students, particularly those in my care.’
    • ‘Who can appreciate better than seminary students the incomprehensibility of God?’
    • ‘College and seminary students studying American religion will undoubtedly find this anthology on their required reading lists.’
    • ‘I am very grateful for the many times not only seminary colleagues but also seminary students have ministered to me in times of terror or grief.’
    • ‘His book should be widely read by pastors, seminary students, and members of adult education classes in local congregations.’
    • ‘We might risk preaching on the streets like seminary students in downtown Atlanta.’
    • ‘When I was a student in seminary I had as an assignment to write a paper on Calvinism and Birth Control.’
    • ‘Students often came to seminary because their church and community had decided that was to be their vocation.’
    • ‘If seminaries are preparing students for professional ministry, this should be the focus of classes - not how-to-study sessions.’
    • ‘These books may be more attractive for use with college students than in seminary classes.’
    • ‘In those days, there were few women clergy, very few women seminary professors, and not many women seminary students.’
    theological college, rabbinical college, talmudical college, academy, training college, training institute, school, high school, conservatory
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Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a seed plot): from Latin seminarium ‘seed plot’, neuter of seminarius ‘of seed’, from semen ‘seed’.

Pronunciation

seminary

/ˈsɛməˌnɛri//ˈseməˌnerē/