\ 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

old school


Definition of old school (Entry 2 of 2)

: adherents of traditional policies and practices

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of old-school in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Embiid went slightly more old school, saying his favorite all-timer is former MVP Hakeem Olajuwon. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "On Basketball: International stars leaving mark on NBA," 2 Jan. 2019 Tear down the old school, but keep a school in Sandy Hook. Loren Kleinman And Amye Archer, Marie Claire, "I’m a Survivor of Sandy Hook. This Is What The Past Six Years Have Been Like.," 14 Dec. 2018 With the suits now hitting sales floors in time for spring break packing, BAZAAR chatted with the duo about finding a niche in the market and making old school swim modern. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brand Watch: A Bathing Suit Brand with a Retro Soul," 15 Mar. 2014 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'old-school.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of old-school


1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1749, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about old-school

Share old-school

Statistics for old-school

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for old-school

The first known use of old-school was in 1749

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for old-school



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

More from Merriam-Webster on old-school

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for old-school

Comments on old-school

What made you want to look up old-school? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the perfect form or example of something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!