syl·la·bus | \ˈsi-lə-bəs \
plural syllabi\ˈsi-lə-ˌbī, -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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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 According to The College Fix, the syllabus for Maggor's public speaking course warns students that their attire will be scrutinized. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Cornell professor questioned a student's shorts. So she gave her thesis in underwear | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018 The 2017 Tiger Band handbook and syllabus explains this further. Chelsea Brasted,, "LSU Golden Girls, Colorguard are only Tiger Band members with weight restrictions," 9 May 2018 The film, included in the forthcoming DVD, follows a group of seventh-grade girls who plan to poison some boys at school, as inspired by the latest installment on their syllabus, Flowers in the Attic. Olivia Aylmer, HWD, "How The Virgin Suicides Brought Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst Together," 20 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of syllabus

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

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