of or connected with a school or schools.
Obsolete. of the schoolmen.

verb (used with object)

to educate in or as if in a school; teach; train.
Archaic. to reprimand.

Nearby words

  1. scholium,
  2. schollander,
  3. schomburg,
  4. schongauer,
  5. schongauer, martin,
  6. school age,
  7. school attendance officer,
  8. school board,
  9. school book,
  10. school bus

Origin of school

before 900; Middle English scole (noun), Old English scōl < Latin schola < Greek scholḗ leisure employed in learning

Related formsschool·a·ble, adjectiveschool·less, adjectiveschool·like, adjective




a large number of fish, porpoises, whales, or the like, feeding or migrating together.

verb (used without object)

to form into, or go in, a school, as fish.

Origin of school

1350–1400; Middle English schol(e) < Dutch school; cognate with Old English scolu troop; see shoal2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for school

British Dictionary definitions for school




  1. an institution or building at which children and young people usually under 19 receive education
  2. (as modifier)school bus; school day
  3. (in combination)schoolroom; schoolwork
any educational institution or building
a faculty, institution, or department specializing in a particular subjecta law school
the staff and pupils of a school
the period of instruction in a school or one session of thishe stayed after school to do extra work
meetings held occasionally for members of a profession, etc
a place or sphere of activity that instructsthe school of hard knocks
a body of people or pupils adhering to a certain set of principles, doctrines, or methods
a group of artists, writers, etc, linked by the same style, teachers, or aimsthe Venetian school of painting
a style of lifea gentleman of the old school
informal a group assembled for a common purpose, esp gambling or drinking

verb (tr)

to train or educate in or as in a school
to discipline or control
an archaic word for reprimand

Word Origin for school

Old English scōl, from Latin schola school, from Greek skholē leisure spent in the pursuit of knowledge


a group of porpoises or similar aquatic animals that swim together


(intr) to form such a group

Word Origin for school

Old English scolu shoal ²

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Word Origin and History for school
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Idioms and Phrases with school


In addition to the idiom beginning with school

  • school of hard knocks

also see:

  • tell tales (out of school)
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