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: adhering to traditional policies or practices
an old-school coach
: characteristic or evocative of an earlier or original style, manner, or form
old-school music

old school

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: adherents of traditional policies and practices

Examples of old-school in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
At Battista’s Hole in the Wall, an old-school Italian restaurant in the middle of the construction, revenue from each dinner shift has fallen by about $6,000 a night. Jack Healy, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 The space sits somewhere between an old-school lesbian bar and a homey restaurant, with black walls and pops of gold and pink. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Bon Appétit, 17 Nov. 2023 Or if your old-school grandpa was a sucker for drive-in movies, consider ditching Netflix in the living room and bring your relatives to a nearby parking lot screening of Elf instead. Jenna Ryu, SELF, 17 Nov. 2023 But the main story has always been about the sheer, elegant insouciance of the place—think old-school, F Scott Fitzgerald Riviera style—along with the sort of supersonic service from staff who would put most events organizers in the shade. Angelina Villa-Clarke, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Nov. 2023 Popular Potato Candy This old-school candy reminds us of divinity and other traditional homemade Southern sweets, but gets bonus points for its creative use of the modest starch. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 16 Nov. 2023 Eu plays with old-school special effects and make-up to tease out the horrific elements of Zaffan’s isolation and transformation. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2023 What makes Puente Romano stand out is the fact that its old-school glamour shots were taken within its own historic grounds. Ann Abel, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 However, that old-school mentality has driven a quarter of a million mothers to quit their jobs, according to an equal rights charity. Byorianna Rosa Royle, Fortune Europe, 6 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1749, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of old-school was in 1749

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“Old-school.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old-school. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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