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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 Nas's 13th studio album, King's Disease, is a happy medium for the old school and new rap fans. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 20 Best Rap Albums of 2020: Staff Picks," 10 Dec. 2020 Founded as a way to carry on Bob Marley’s legacy, House of Marley products bridge the gap between old school sound and modern design. Marissa Miller, USA TODAY, "15 amazing Valentine's Day gifts to buy from Black-owned brands," 4 Feb. 2021 This was when the real bleeding began—not in the sense of losses, but rather in the commingling of cautious, old school stock investors with the sordid black sheep of that other subreddit. Anonymous, The New Republic, "I Bought Tens of Thousands of Dollars of GameStop Stock. And I Have No Regrets.," 1 Feb. 2021 Most of the money will go to replacing old school buses. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Medical waste incinerator agrees to pay $2.6M to resolve alleged clean air violations," 30 Jan. 2021 Running backs Seth and Jalen Davis were the stars of a run-heavy Katy offense that looked a little old school compared to the pass-happy spread offenses that most high school teams in Texas prefer these days. Tess Demeyer, Dallas News, "OLH dominates: How Katy’s run-heavy offense was unlike anything Cedar Hill had seen all year," 16 Jan. 2021 But the act of snowshoeing itself is charmingly old school, like clomping back to a simpler time. Washington Post, "He escaped the cacophony by strapping on snowshoes and slipping into the Great North Woods," 15 Jan. 2021 Government workers also paved a road into the town, built new houses for the village’s poorest residents and repurposed an old school as a community center. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "Jobs, Houses and Cows: China’s Costly Drive to Erase Extreme Poverty," 31 Dec. 2020 Among the hottest truly old school names for boys are Alpheus, Ares, Orpheus, Perseus, Phaedra and Titus. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "30 Most Popular Baby Boy Names to Expect in 2021," 16 Dec. 2020

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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 28 Feb. 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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