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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Recent Examples on the Web The lawsuit says that SCC knew that Damask's module was going to be taught, referencing district policies that require the course syllabus be submitted to the division/department office at the beginning of the semester. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Muslim student sues Scottsdale Community college and professor over Islam quiz questions," 3 June 2020 The expansive syllabus includes tools for how to identify and refute falsehoods — particularly those that hide behind data or other statistical figures — in politics, science, pop culture and the news media. NBC News, "Science, politics and trolls: How Carl Bergstrom became a voice of clarity on the coronavirus," 26 May 2020 Notably absent from the academy syllabus was the work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, specifically its work arresting and removing unauthorized immigrants from the country., "At Citizens Academy, federal investigators try to show there is more to HSI than immigration enforcement - The Boston Globe," 21 Oct. 2019 Each course comes with an in-depth syllabus, lesson plans, and even homework. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Enroll in Virtual Hogwarts Classes on This Incredible Harry Potter Fan-created Site," 10 Apr. 2020 Stanley has not rewritten his syllabus in light of COVID-19. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "Studying Fascist Propaganda by Day, Watching Trump’s Coronavirus Updates by Night," 17 Apr. 2020 Bid your therapist goodbye, and dig out your college syllabus. Chloë Schama, New York Times, "Vivian Gornick Can’t Stop Rereading," 4 Feb. 2020 My science journalism program will continue remotely, though the syllabus has unraveled, and one of my classmates has fled the East Coast for Los Angeles. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 23–29," 29 Mar. 2020 The syllabus went viral, and dozens of universities around the world now draw on the UW material. Tom Simonite, Wired, "The Professors Who Call ‘Bullshit’ on Covid-19 Misinformation," 24 Mar. 2020

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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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“Syllabus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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