\ 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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Aura is a new swanky nightclub and lounge in the old School of Rock space on Mill Avenue in Tempe. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Make weekend plans: 'True nightclub' Aura opens April 5 on Mill Avenue in Tempe," 5 Apr. 2018 Venice local, Payam Doostzadeh from Young the Giant rang in the day with a DJ set, which included everything from A Tribe Called Quest to old school Snoop Dogg. Nicole Pajer, Billboard, "Winston House & 2332 Collective Make Sure West LA Music Scene Doesn't Fade Away," 2 July 2018 With brewing ingredients like purple sweet potatoes, lobster, and even lunar meteorites, Dogfish Head is anything but old school. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Philly Beer Week: 20 sudsy events to keep you drinking," 31 May 2018 Parents from both schools talked about losing a gathering place for the neighborhood, breaking up successful teaching staffs, enjoying the walkability of the nearby buildings and valuing the tradition of the oldest schools in the area. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel school closing: What we know before tonight's recommendation," 21 May 2018 But students will move from their old school into the traditional John F. Kennedy High School just down the street. Patrick O'donnell, cleveland.com, "Cleveland's plan to merge Whitney Young gifted school with others angers students, residents," 18 Apr. 2018 Their first game of the season against the Marlins is not far from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - Rizzo's old school where 17 people were shot and killed on February 14. Michelle R. Martinelli, USA TODAY, "Cubs warm up in Stoneman Douglas shirts on Opening Day," 29 Mar. 2018 The good news is that there’s a ton of great bourbon available at a relatively low price point, from old school deep cuts to newer distilleries (even outside of Kentucky!). Paula Forbes, GQ, "These Are the Best Bourbons Under $50," 9 Mar. 2018 The ambiance is an old school Chicago steakhouse with white tableclothed wooden tables. Donald Liebenson, chicagotribune.com, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Beelow's NorthShore in Highland Park," 11 July 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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