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

Definition of syllabus

1 : 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 Is there sort of like a syllabus to go with each season of the show? Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 In a final Supreme Court ruling, a syllabus appears ahead of the opinion in order to introduce everything that’s to follow. Erin Spencer Sairam, Forbes, 24 June 2022 While teaching the genetics and evolution unit, Saint-Louis makes a special effort to engage his students on topics that go beyond the traditional syllabus. Sanya Mansoor, Time, 8 June 2022 One thing that may help is to exercise your freedom of expression by explaining your approach at the start of the class, even on the syllabus. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 Over the course of a week or two, the networks threw down their new lineups all at once, another fall syllabus of sorts for people already busy sharpening pencils. Globe Staff,, 20 May 2022 The syllabus is one of the first opportunities that instructors have to demonstrate their openness and commitment to students’ mental health. Max Coleman, The Conversation, 14 Mar. 2022 The syllabus had assignments laid out for each day until Christmas break, naming times and places for midterms and a large term paper as well. Kendra James, Town & Country, 27 Jan. 2022 Not every book or assignment needs to be justified, but instructors tend to underestimate how arbitrary even the most thoughtful syllabus can seem to students and parents. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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“Syllabus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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