syl·​la·​bus | \ ˈsi-lə-bəs How to pronounce syllabus (audio) \
plural syllabi\ ˈsi-​lə-​ˌbī How to pronounce syllabi (audio) , -​ˌbē \ or syllabuses

Definition of syllabus

1 : a summary outline of a discourse, treatise, or course of study or of examination requirements

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There's no word on a syllabus, but Arab News reports that the class will be a one-day session. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Is Holding a Fenty Beauty Class in Dubai," 5 Sep. 2018 Griffith’s work has receded into the syllabuses of film classes as the movie business moved decisively on. Leo Braudy, New York Times, "Los Angeles as the City of Dreams, and Nightmares," 1 June 2018 One former editor recalled having a professor send a syllabus along with, essentially, an apology for throwing something together at the last minute. Alec Macgillis/propublica, New York Times, "How Liberty University Built a Billion-Dollar Empire Online," 17 Apr. 2018 Throughout the book, there are references to actual detective fiction, which my dad used as a syllabus. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 For other world history purists, the only correct syllabus is the current one. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "A.P. World History Tries to Trim Thousands of Years, and Educators Revolt," 21 June 2018 Said’s views mostly gained the upper hand in academic circles, leaving Dr. Lewis overshadowed in many college syllabuses. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "Bernard Lewis, eminent historian of the Middle East, dies at 101," 19 May 2018 This is obvious from even the most cursory perusal of on-line college syllabuses and sample test questions for A.P. European history. Nancy Goldstone, Time, "I'm a Historian, and I Think Women's History Month Is a Mistake," 23 Mar. 2018 Is there a syllabus to prepare for something like this? Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Is This Chloë Sevigny's Most Surprising Role Yet?," 1 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of syllabus

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for syllabus

Late Latin, alteration of Latin sillybus label for a book, from Greek sillybos

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The first known use of syllabus was circa 1656

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English Language Learners Definition of syllabus

: a list of the topics or books that will be studied in a course

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