school·​ing ˈskü-liŋ How to pronounce schooling (audio)
: instruction in school : education
: training, guidance, or discipline derived from experience
archaic : reproof
: the cost of instruction and maintenance at school
: the training of a horse for service
especially : the teaching and exercising of horse and rider in the formal techniques of equitation

Example Sentences

He has had little schooling. the extended schooling needed for a horse to be able to make those precision movements
Recent Examples on the Web Enrollment in nonreligious virtual school programs and use of traditional home schooling also have grown during the pandemic. Alan J. Borsuk, Journal Sentinel, 20 Mar. 2023 His family was always around to help and support as Mr. Cox navigated the challenges of private schooling. Kalpana Jain, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Feb. 2023 The years in between were a blur of virtual schooling and caring for her kids, now ages 6 to 14, while her husband traveled for his sales job. Abha Bhattarai And Luis Melgar, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Feb. 2023 The years in between were a blur of virtual schooling and caring for her kids, now ages 6 to 14, while her husband traveled for his sales job. Luis Melgar, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2023 The report profiled Kailani Taylor-Cribb who, in the normal course of schooling would be a senior, preparing for graduation in a few months. Howard Blumestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2023 Only 21 states, plus Washington, D.C., were able to provide adequate data for all three types of schooling across this period. Diana Dombrowski, USA TODAY, 9 Feb. 2023 Woodson’s critiques of American schooling emerged from rigorous academic study and a lifetime of personal experiences. Jarvis R. Givens,, 27 Jan. 2023 More than a third of children in England get free school meals, the government said, as can all children in the first three years of English schooling. Emma Bubola, New York Times, 25 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of schooling was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Schooling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: instruction in school : education
: the cost of going to school

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