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

old school

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: adherents of traditional policies and practices

Examples of old-school in a Sentence

Adjective an old-school romantic comedy in which the two leads don't jump into bed at the first opportunity an old-school gentleman who opened doors and pulled out chairs for women
Recent Examples on the Web
The 15-story art deco boutique is a favorite among tourists, locals, and Hollywood royalty, thanks to its stunning architecture and old-school glamour. Vanessa Wilkins, Travel + Leisure, 13 June 2024 The Denver is well known for its original LoHi location in the shape of a 28-foot-tall, old-school cream can, not to mention its factory at 4411 W. Colfax Ave., which gets extravagantly dressed for the holidays. Jonathan Shikes, The Denver Post, 12 June 2024 The old-school structure [of the show] is comforting. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2024 Kicking specialists have since come along and changed the game, but the Chiefs appear willing to take an old-school approach to a new development in the league’s kickoff rules. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 10 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for old-school 

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Word History

First Known Use


1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1749, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of old-school was in 1749

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“Old-school.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old-school. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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