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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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Did the researchers consider any Iron Maiden or old school Black Sabbath. Mike Oliver | Moliver@al.com, al.com, "Music helps heal the brains of premature babies -- and me," 5 June 2019 If students finish treatment and go back to their old school or another traditional high school, they may be pressured by other students to return to old habits, Durchslag said. Katrina Pross, Twin Cities, "At this Minneapolis high school graduation, U.S. drug czar heralds ‘the power of recovery’," 5 June 2019 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 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 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 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 The experimentation thing is something that is more old school. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Summer stretch provides multiple paths on road to NASCAR playoffs," 30 June 2018 Compared to CERN’s gleaming, space-age facility, where retina scanners are used to access the elevators leading down to the Large Hadron Collider, visiting the Tevatron is seriously old school. Peter Kujawinski, New York Times, "Colliders, Sundials and Wonder: When Science Is Your Destination," 28 May 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 move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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