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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 But if women can feel confident and comfortable in shapewear that’s a little bit more modern and not so old school and grandma-looking, then that is my goal. Aili Nahas, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian Says Wearing SKIMS Shapewear Makes Her Feel 'Less Hard' on Herself," 27 Nov. 2019 New Year’s Eve in New York City is synonymous with one thing — going old school and watching the ball drop with a crowd of millions in Times Square. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "10 Last Minute Ideas To Spend New Year’s Eve In NYC That Are Not Times Square," 30 Dec. 2019 Hurts is back in the playoffs with his new school, while his old school, Alabama, missed out for the first time since the playoff format was launched in 2014. BostonGlobe.com, "“It'd be pretty cool to go back in time and take some of those teams, get the top four, and kind of do the playoff,” Swinney said Friday during the final Fiesta Bowl news conference with Ohio State coach Ryan Day. “And that’s what we have. We have a really cool setup in college football.”," 28 Dec. 2019 Not to mention the challenges with my friends who have strong conservative views, or my father, who is old school. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Man worries about coming out to his girlfriend," 25 Nov. 2019 Moby Arena is an old school arena and a must-see venue for basketball fans around Colorado, and Friday night’s tilt between the Rams and Buffs is sure to be a humdinger. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Friday night fun, in “Fort Fun” for college basketball with Colorado State playing host to CU Buffs," 13 Dec. 2019 The fraternity in my movie represents this old school idea of masculinity and entitlement. Jessica Klein, Fortune, "The ‘Black Christmas’ Remake ‘Is About Taking Power Back,’ Sophia Takal Says," 13 Dec. 2019 Monica Belucci, Sofia Loren, Monica Vitti all captured in old school Italian paparazzi. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cult Brand Cult Gaia Launches First Ever Swim Collection," 20 Nov. 2019 Most of them performed well for the network, so expect more spiffed-up, old school game show programs next summer. oregonlive.com, "Summer TV 2019 winners and losers: ‘Succession,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Instinct,’ and more," 22 Aug. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old-school. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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