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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McConaughey and faculty member and director Scott Rice have been co-teaching the Script to Screen film production class, but now the actor's name is solely on the syllabus. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Matthew McConaughey joins the faculty at the University of Texas in Austin," 28 Aug. 2019 The curriculum follows the Royal Academy of Dance Pre-Primary in Dance syllabus and will develop students’ physical skills, stamina, creative, expression and musicality. Erin Hill,, "All About Prince George’s Upcoming School Curriculum (It Reads Like a College Graduate Program!)," 21 Aug. 2019 In any case, Herman Melville was on the syllabus, with other makers of the meat of the canon, including Mark Twain and Gertrude Stein and Willa Cather. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Indelible Substance of a Semester with Toni Morrison," 7 Aug. 2019 To continue the deep dive, tackle our syllabus, curated by Kupor. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Is there a formula for the perfect pitch? We asked a top VC," 30 July 2019 Unlike student pilots in a traditional training program, those in PTN fly fewer hours, work at their own pace and do not follow a rigid syllabus. Sig Christenson,, "Air Force training commander flew through turbulent times in San Antonio," 15 July 2019 There’s a whole syllabus of errors that feeds into this interpretation. Declan Leary, National Review, "‘Latinx’ Is a Stupid Word," 11 July 2019 Since its launch in Ghana in 2013, Stanford’s Seed initiative has grown from a six-month course to a year-long syllabus that trains not just chief executives and founders but also their teams in eastern and southern Africa. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Top American universities are doubling down on their presence across Africa," 5 July 2019 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

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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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