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school year

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noun
  1. the months of the year during which school is open and attendance at school is required.
  2. academic year.

Origin of school year

First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for school year

Historical Examples

  • Immediately after Easter the real excitement of the school-year began.

    A World of Girls

    L. T. Meade

  • We do not know definitely that there was any fixed length for the school-year.

    The Private Life of the Romans

    Harold Whetstone Johnston

  • The children were delighted to be back in Sunday-school and to begin their school-year.

  • In a large class this may occupy the entire time in the school-year.

  • The last term of the school-year is made of decades, not of weeks, and living through them is like waiting for the millennium.

    Penrod

    Booth Tarkington


British Dictionary definitions for school year

school year

noun
  1. a twelve-month period, (in Britain) usually starting in late summer and continuing for three terms until the following summer, during which pupils remain in the same class
  2. the time during this period when the school is open
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