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seminary Line breaks: sem¦in|ary
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛmɪn(ə)ri/

Definition of seminary in English:

noun (plural seminaries)

A training college for priests or rabbis.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • The balance of clarity and detail makes this commentary useful for students of Paul in seminary and college courses.
  • If seminaries are preparing students for professional ministry, this should be the focus of classes - not how-to-study sessions.
theological college, rabbinical college, Talmudical college, academy, training college, training institute, school, high school, conservatory


Pronunciation: /sɛmɪˈnɛːrɪən/
Example sentences
  • Though the study attends to lay students enrolled in theologates, its main focus is seminarians preparing for the priesthood.
  • Many, perhaps most, seminarians who believe they are being called to priesthood do not have a charism for celibacy - a graced aptitude for consecrated single life.
  • Many priests and seminarians have always done this, and I hope this gives them the courage to know why and how they are both ‘sons and heirs’ of a true wisdom tradition.
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛmɪn(ə)rɪst/
Example sentences
  • While the ascetic regime of an Italian seminarist in the late nineteenth century was of course alien - and sometimes alienating - I was impressed by his devotion and sincerity.
  • The decline in vocations, which began under Pius XII, has not been reversed and there is now one seminarist for every twelve priests.
  • He introduced a bill to reduce military service from five years to three but to close the loopholes by which seminarists, students, and the rich could obtain exemption.


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

Words that rhyme with seminary

culinary • preliminary
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