\ ˈōl(d)-ˌskül \

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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The vibe was relaxed, but in terms of the hours, Midori.so didn’t feel all that different from my old school. Ellen Freeman, Curbed, "I lived in a Tokyo coworking space," 28 Sep. 2018 As well, other guests in the castle grounds will include charities and organisations supported by Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank, students from Princess Eugenie’s old schools, and Windsor community members, as well as royal staff. Fox News, "Princess Eugenie's Windsor Castle wedding will differ from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's," 15 Sep. 2018 Phillips is a long-form journalist of the old school, a deep research artist, and a killer stylist. Vogue, "Looking for Something to Read? Here Are 4 New Books Vogue Editors Are Loving Right Now," 26 Oct. 2018 This is an old school app that contains all the languages and hardware combos in one big file. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android 9 Pie, thoroughly reviewed," 13 Sep. 2018 As for the old school, the Waldo investors came to the district with a proposal for a community center last March and the district took it to the surrounding neighborhood associations for feedback. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Kansas City's old Robeson school is sold; investors have big ideas for its future | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 2018 Why do these disruptive, online-first companies want to be our old school pen pals? Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Why so many hip startups advertise with snail mail," 1 Nov. 2018 Think old school Range Rover, or a fancier Jeep Grand Cherokee, which happened to be designed by Rivian VP of Vehicle Design Jeff Hammoud. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Rivian Automotive looking to battle electric cars with battery-powered trucks," 21 Sep. 2018 The best accompaniment to a collection characterized by old school anarchy? Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Hot Pink Hair! Printed Buzz Cuts! Punk is the New Pretty at London Fashion Week," 15 Sep. 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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