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[ skool ]


  1. an institution where instruction is given, especially to persons under college age:

    The children are at school.

  2. an institution for instruction in a particular skill or field.
  3. a college or university.
  4. a regular course of meetings of a teacher or teachers and students for instruction; program of instruction:

    summer school.

  5. a session of such a course:

    no school today; to be kept after school.

  6. the activity or process of learning under instruction, especially at a school for the young:

    As a child, I never liked school.

  7. one's formal education:

    They plan to be married when he finishes school.

  8. a building housing a school.
  9. the body of students, or students and teachers, belonging to an educational institution:

    The entire school rose when the principal entered the auditorium.

  10. a building, room, etc., in a university, set apart for the use of one of the faculties or for some particular purpose:

    the school of agriculture.

  11. a particular faculty or department of a university having the right to recommend candidates for degrees, and usually beginning its program of instruction after the student has completed general education:

    medical school.

  12. any place, situation, etc., tending to teach anything.
  13. the body of pupils or followers of a master, system, method, etc.:

    the Platonic school of philosophy.

  14. Art.
    1. a group of artists, as painters, writers, or musicians, whose works reflect a common conceptual, regional, or personal influence:

      the modern school; the Florentine school.

    2. the art and artists of a geographical location considered independently of stylistic similarity:

      the French school.

  15. any group of persons having common attitudes or beliefs.
  16. Military, Navy. parts of close-order drill applying to the individual school of the soldier, the squad school of the squad, or the like.
  17. Australian and New Zealand Informal. a group of people gathered together, especially for gambling or drinking.
  18. schools, Archaic. the faculties of a university.
  19. Obsolete. the schoolmen in a medieval university.


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

verb (used with object)

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



[ skool ]


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

verb (used without object)

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



/ skuːl /


    1. an institution or building at which children and young people usually under 19 receive education
    2. ( as modifier )

      school day

      school bus

    3. ( in combination )



  1. any educational institution or building
  2. a faculty, institution, or department specializing in a particular subject

    a law school

  3. the staff and pupils of a school
  4. the period of instruction in a school or one session of this

    he stayed after school to do extra work

  5. meetings held occasionally for members of a profession, etc
  6. a place or sphere of activity that instructs

    the school of hard knocks

  7. a body of people or pupils adhering to a certain set of principles, doctrines, or methods
  8. a group of artists, writers, etc, linked by the same style, teachers, or aims

    the Venetian school of painting

  9. a style of life

    a gentleman of the old school

  10. informal.
    a group assembled for a common purpose, esp gambling or drinking


  1. to train or educate in or as in a school
  2. to discipline or control
  3. an archaic word for reprimand



/ skuːl /


  1. a group of porpoises or similar aquatic animals that swim together


  1. intr to form such a group

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Other Words From

  • school·a·ble adjective
  • school·less adjective
  • school·like adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of school1

First recorded before 900; Middle English noun scol(e), schole, Old English scōl, scolu, from Latin schola, from Greek scholḗ “leisure employed in learning”

Origin of school2

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English schol(e), sculle, from Middle Dutch schōle “flock (of animals),” Dutch school “shoal (of fish)”; cognate with Old English scolu “troop”; shoal 2

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Word History and Origins

Origin of school1

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

Origin of school2

Old English scolu shoal ²

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. school of hard knocks. school of hard knocks ( def ).
  2. school of thought. school of thought ( def ).

More idioms and phrases containing school

In addition to the idiom beginning with school , also see tell tales (out of school) .

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Example Sentences

They are great at expanding access, allowing teachers and schools to reach more students than ever before.

Once the class had started, the school should have committed to letting the students finish what they started, they both said.

All school reopening plans could depend on whether San Diego County ends up back on the state monitoring watch list.

I ran that comment by LaWana Richmond, who is running for school board to represent the subdistrict that includes Lincoln High.

The school also pledged to try to make it work in the fourth quarter of the year after it recruited more students in the meantime.

Although Huckabee's condescending tone - like that of an elementary school history teacher - makes it difficult to take seriously.

A passing off-duty school safety officer named Fred Lucas said that he had been told the man was a drug dealer.

And then I did teachers all throughout elementary school and junior high for my friends.

Author J.K. Rowling says all religions are present at her beloved wizard school—except Wiccans.

One was a Quaker school, whose name he can no longer recall, in upstate New York.

All my musical studies till now have been a mere going to school, a preparation for him.

I ask for half a dozen projectors or so in every school, and for a well-stocked storehouse of films.

He was the most distinguished representative of the English school of composition, and was knighted in 1842.

Y was a Youth, that did not love school; Z was a Zany, a poor harmless fool.

The child who has got languages from its governess, therefore, marks time—that is to say, wastes time in these subjects at school.


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