\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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Why do these disruptive, online-first companies want to be our old school pen pals? Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Why so many hip startups advertise with snail mail," 1 Nov. 2018 Think old school Range Rover, or a fancier Jeep Grand Cherokee, which happened to be designed by Rivian VP of Vehicle Design Jeff Hammoud. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Rivian Automotive looking to battle electric cars with battery-powered trucks," 21 Sep. 2018 The best accompaniment to a collection characterized by old school anarchy? Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Hot Pink Hair! Printed Buzz Cuts! Punk is the New Pretty at London Fashion Week," 15 Sep. 2018 Childish Gambino performed, and Rihanna recorded him (on an old school camera, no less) from the crowd. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Wore a Dramatic Lace Jumpsuit by Alexis Mabille To Her 4th Annual Diamond Ball," 14 Sep. 2018 Trubisky has touted the energized team's new culture and a positive vibe emanating from Nagy, 40, whose persona should better suit this young roster than old school predecessor John Fox's demeanor did. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Bears training camp questions: Can Mitchell Trubisky take off under rookie coach Matt Nagy?," 10 July 2018 While book clubs themselves are nothing new and a rather old school version of socializing, there has been a proliferation as of late for book clubs as a method for connecting with readers (a.k.a. Rachel King, Fortune, "Book Clubs Are Really Having a Moment Right Now," 2 July 2018 Almond has also pledged to invest in schools, hiring more support staff such as counselors, and working to renovate and replace old school buildings. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Democrat Vicki Almond seeks to complete rise in politics by becoming Baltimore County executive," 8 June 2018 Doherty’s clients appreciate his old school approach. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, "Non-profit aims to get girls in the game," 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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