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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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Examples of old-school in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kiotti manages to bridge the gap between Houston’s old school sound and the newer upcoming artists of Houston’s present. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "A remarkable 10 years later, Hard Body Kiotti is still representing for the culture," 22 Apr. 2021 Technologies that old school agencies such as Boeing have developed — like the $4.2 billion Starliner spacecraft that allows the U.S. an independent space tourism provider — are vital to building a robust and competitive sector. Dylan Taylor, Forbes, "An Investment Gold Rush Is Underway In The NewSpace Sector," 16 Apr. 2021 Getting creative involved going old school and tapping into Parma’s pink flamingo image past. John Benson, cleveland, "Valley Forge High School’s flocking pink flamingos fundraiser invading front lawns," 8 Apr. 2021 That includes Big 12 games involving Stoops’ old school, most notably the annual Oklahoma-Texas rivalry. Dallas News, "Former OU coach Bob Stoops to replace Urban Meyer on Fox Sports’ college football pregame show," 8 Mar. 2021 With an overall score of 6.9, San Antonio offers old school charm and shops and restaurants to enjoy along the banks of its Riverwalk. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Texas is booming with 'Best Places to Retire,' according to U.S. News," 20 Oct. 2020 Austin: Doctors and volunteers in one neighborhood went old school to register people to get their COVID-19 vaccinations. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Maine eggs, Easter services, St. Elmo Steak House: News from around our 50 states," 25 June 2020 This was definitely not old school, post-play basketball. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Kentucky high school basketball: Conner holds off Holy Cross to advance in 9th Region," 23 Mar. 2021 So, my kids had to leave their old school without saying goodbye to anybody because it was supposed to be a one-week break and go back and that didn’t happen. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Firefighter Ben Thompson: COVID gave ‘a better understanding of what keeps us safe’," 8 Mar. 2021

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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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“Old-school.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old-school. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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