[skool-muh n, -man]

noun, plural school·men [skool-muh n, -men] /ˈskul mən, -ˌmɛn/,

a person versed in scholastic learning or engaged in scholastic pursuits.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a master in one of the schools or universities of the Middle Ages; one of the medieval writers who dealt with theology and philosophy after the methods of scholasticism.

Origin of schoolman

First recorded in 1530–40; school1 + man1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for schoolman

Historical Examples of schoolman

  • He seems to have been self-taught rather than to have been a schoolman.

    Bernardino Luini

    James Mason

  • Schoolman after schoolman had been occupied with formal trifles.

  • In this view the great Schoolman but follows the teachings of St. Augustine.

    Woman in Science

    John Augustine Zahm

  • He is as prioristic as a medieval Schoolman, in spite of his scientific pose.

    Psychical Miscellanea

    J. Arthur Hill

  • Such is the proposition of the schoolman that Alexander could not have subdued any countries without an army.

British Dictionary definitions for schoolman


noun plural -men

(sometimes capital) a scholar versed in the learning of the Schoolmen
rare, mainly US a professional educator or teacher


noun plural -men

(sometimes not capital) a master in one of the schools or universities of the Middle Ages who was versed in scholasticism; scholastic
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