syl·​la·​bus ˈsi-lə-bəs How to pronounce syllabus (audio)
plural syllabi ˈsi-lə-ˌbī How to pronounce syllabus (audio)
or syllabuses
: a summary outline of a discourse, treatise, or course of study or of examination requirements

Examples of syllabus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The syllabus is a thorough resource, one that continues the HRC’s connection with Beyoncé’s Renaissance era. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 25 Mar. 2024 Schools are incorporating patriotic education, as on the mainland; the syllabus will include study of Hong Kong’s role in the Greater Bay Area. Theodora Yu, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2024 Mitchell speculated that his class was singled out because his syllabus includes works by August Wilson, the famed African-American playwright, and Nilo Cruz, the Cuban-American playwright who is openly gay. Sarah Blaskey, Miami Herald, 13 Feb. 2024 But the syllabus veers from the state framework by including Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in a unit on colonialism. Dana Goldstein, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Often, this is not the first thought on students’ minds while reading the syllabus of their upcoming course. Maja Zelihic, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Only after completing an exhaustive syllabus of financial literacy courses and securing pre-approval from a lender can the applicant begin looking for homes. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 26 Feb. 2024 Key Activities: Familiarize yourself with the CMA exam structure and start covering the syllabus, including financial planning, analysis, control, and decision support. Bryce Welker, Miami Herald, 22 Feb. 2024 Eduardo Reyes, Title V Grant manager for CSI, told the Times-News that one way the college is trying to help students who feel more comfortable with Spanish is making syllabuses bilingual. Monica Carrillo-Casas, Idaho Statesman, 13 Feb. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of syllabus was circa 1656

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“Syllabus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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syl·​la·​bus ˈsil-ə-bəs How to pronounce syllabus (audio)
plural syllabi -ˌbī How to pronounce syllabus (audio)
or syllabuses
: a brief outline (as of a course of study)
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