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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

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Definition of old school (Entry 2 of 2)

: adherents of traditional policies and practices

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But before Trophy Wife and Jelly Beam there was Guerlain’s Météorites — the old school iconic highlighter. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Guerlain's New Meteorites Highlighting Powder Pearls Look Like Rainbow Dippin' Dots," 10 Apr. 2018 Earlier Sunday, the migrants boarded five old school buses to attend a rally at a Pacific Ocean beach, with supporters gathering on both sides of the border fence and some climbing the barrier to sit or to wave signs. Time, "Caravan of Central American Migrants Told U.S. Border Crossing Is at Capacity," 30 Apr. 2018 So read on for five modern and bold wallpaper trends that give the old school design choice a fresh new look. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Interior Designers Predict the Next Major Wallpaper Trends," 12 Mar. 2019 Seminole County is seeking proposals that include reusing old schools, offices and stores, said Donna King, community development division manager for Seminole. Mary Shanklin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hurricanes make Central Florida housing shortage worse," 29 Oct. 2017 Cuonzo Martin left for California after taking Tennessee to the Sweet 16 in 2014 and was succeeded by Donnie Tyndall, who lasted just a year before getting fired as the NCAA investigated his old school. Steve Megargee, The Seattle Times, "Barnes, Tennessee look for another signature win vs Purdue," 25 Mar. 2019 The latest star to embrace an old school it-item is Beyoncé, who in a series of Instagram posts this morning gave her fans a glimpse at an all-black look styled by Zerina Akers. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Revives a Forgotten ’90s Trend," 31 Jan. 2019 Before and after the main event, guests were encouraged to view the displays of antique toys and school furniture in the old school's second classroom. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland.com, "Weymouth Preservation Society in Medina explores Victorian mourning customs during fundraiser luncheon," 16 Apr. 2018 This mirror may look old school Hollywood, but its bluetooth speaker capabilities and touchscreen-adjustable dimming lightbulbs say otherwise. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "9 Vanity Mirrors With Lights to Buy on Amazon if You're Leo Who Loves Looking at Yourself," 8 Aug. 2018

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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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The first known use of old-school was in 1749

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English Language Learners Definition of old-school

: typical of an earlier style or form : based on a way of doing things that was common in the past
: using or supporting traditional practices

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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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