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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

old school


Definition of old school (Entry 2 of 2)

: adherents of traditional policies and practices

Examples of old-school in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After alleging abuse at her old school, Paris Hilton isn't backing down Upon arrival on the National Mall, wedged between the Capitol building and the Washington Monument, Hilton waved to onlookers, joined by husband Carter Reum. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 11 May 2022 Nolan was regularly bullied at his old school and used to spend all of his energy on survival, Ms. Bell says. Naomi Schaefer Riley, WSJ, 6 May 2022 In his own way, given his size and approach, Paul is unapologetically old school. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Joe and his Peary classmates will visit their old school, too. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 That’s when a young crop of crooners such as Avant, Musiq Soulchild, Carl Thomas and Donell Jones dominated the airwaves by infusing old school soul sensibilities with pop panache. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 Here is a wildly popular internet phenomenon who has found a way to grow his fan base through old school word-of-mouth, live performance and spectacles without relying on flash-in-the-pan viral hits. Maria Sherman, SPIN, 2 May 2022 True old school Survivor, in Ethan Zohn t-shirt parlance. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 21 Apr. 2022 The war has been an exhibition of old school management versus new. Alen Bubich, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Old-school.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old-school. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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