old school


advocates or supporters of established custom or of conservatism: a military man of the old school.

Nearby words

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  2. old rose,
  3. old russian,
  4. old saw,
  5. old saxon,
  6. old school tie,
  7. old scratch,
  8. old shoe,
  9. old skool,
  10. old slavic

Origin of old school

First recorded in 1790–1800

Related formsold-school, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for old-school

old school


mainly British a school formerly attended by a person
a group of people favouring traditional ideas or conservative practices
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Word Origin and History for old-school



in reference to a group of people noted for conservative views or principals on some professional or political matter, 1749, from old + school (n.).

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