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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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Examples of old-school in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This was definitely not old school, post-play basketball. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Kentucky high school basketball: Conner holds off Holy Cross to advance in 9th Region," 23 Mar. 2021 So, my kids had to leave their old school without saying goodbye to anybody because it was supposed to be a one-week break and go back and that didn’t happen. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Firefighter Ben Thompson: COVID gave ‘a better understanding of what keeps us safe’," 8 Mar. 2021 Also last week, Jim Cramer got behind two things unheard of at CNBC, let alone from an old school, mainstreamer like Cramer: Bitcoin and SPACs. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, "Could Messaging App Telegram Be The Next Best SPAC?," 2 Mar. 2021 Jones’ old school, North Texas, plays Purdue at 6:25 p.m. Friday. Scott Bell, Dallas News, "‘Lone star dudes’: It’s more than location connecting many of the coaches for Texas’ NCAA Tournament teams," 18 Mar. 2021 White Sox manager Tony La Russa, reliably old school, is against it and has asked for extra relievers to be added to the roster. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "How great a time is it to be a great shortstop?," 6 Mar. 2021 The longtime Alpine resident also scored endorsements from old school — and at times controversial Republicans — such as former Gov. Pete Wilson and former Rep. Duncan Hunter Sr. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Anderson overtakes Vaus in District 2 county supervisor race; all other county supervisors races are decided," 10 Nov. 2020 Nas's 13th studio album, King's Disease, is a happy medium for the old school and new rap fans. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 20 Best Rap Albums of 2020: Staff Picks," 10 Dec. 2020 Founded as a way to carry on Bob Marley’s legacy, House of Marley products bridge the gap between old school sound and modern design. Marissa Miller, USA TODAY, "15 amazing Valentine's Day gifts to buy from Black-owned brands," 4 Feb. 2021

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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 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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