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Definition of old-school

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : adhering to traditional policies or practices an old-school coach
2 : characteristic or evocative of an earlier or original style, manner, or form old-school music

old school


Definition of old school (Entry 2 of 2)

: adherents of traditional policies and practices

Examples of old-school in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jordan Peele's 'Nope':A good ode to old school sci-fi. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 11 Aug. 2022 Have the current pro bowlers play against the past era of pro bowlers, like an old school vs new school, don’t even need pads, can be flag formatted, would break the viewing ratings for a Pro Bowl easily. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 25 May 2022 This seems to be the happy medium in a baseball world that is so committed to the binary bickering of old school vs. Jules Posner, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 The crazy adrenaline of just regular boring old school. Katie Roiphe, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2021 Prompted by one of her favorite retro TV shows, Eliza Goldstein may go even more old school. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2022 But that’s apparently old school thinking that doesn’t fit modern polarized politics. Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2022 At dusk, movies are shown on a wall via an old school movie projector using 35mm film and vintage drive-in speakers. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 July 2022 For the pop star's newest drop, dubbed Flutur 2, Lipa took inspiration from the vivid shades, holographic detailing, and retro silhouettes that exist within old school rave culture. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of old-school


1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1749, in the meaning defined above

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“Old-school.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old-school. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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