- 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.
- the art and artists of a geographical location considered independently of stylistic similarity: the French school.
verb (used with object)
Origin of school1
verb (used without object)
Origin of school2
Related Words for schoolsinstitute, academy, university, hall, jail, faculty, department, institution, seminary, group, class, party, tutor, educate, discipline, college, establishment, blackboard, schoolhouse, set
Examples from the Web for schools
Contemporary Examples of schools
Parents are talking about it, schools are talking about it, even kids themselves are talking about it.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
“This is a federal mandate that is causing some real problems for schools across the country,” Kline told a CBS affiliate in July.The Republican War on Kale
January 7, 2015
While preaching D.A.R.E. in schools, we made a drug out of external validation.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
Paying for all those pensions inevitably means less money for parks and schools.How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats
December 29, 2014
A former superintendent of Milwaukee schools, he is now a Distinguished Professor of Education at Marquette University.Dr. Howard Fuller's Injustice Education
December 21, 2014
Historical Examples of schools
Our children are watching in schools throughout our great land.
They did not belong to the class who can be beguiled into evening schools.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
There are plenty of boys' schools, too, but the university is the university.In the Midst of Alarms
Is it not abominable, the way these schools of St. Cyr and the Paris military are run?The Boy Life of Napoleon
The Board of Education committed the entire management of the schools to him.Cleveland Past and Present
- the Examination Schools, the University building in which examinations are held
- informalthe Second Public Examination for the degree of Bachelor of Arts; finals
- an institution or building at which children and young people usually under 19 receive education
- (as modifier)school bus; school day
- (in combination)schoolroom; schoolwork
Word Origin for school
Word Origin for school
"place of instruction," Old English scol, from Latin schola "intermission of work, leisure for learning; learned conversation, debate; lecture; meeting place for teachers and students, place of instruction; disciples of a teacher, body of followers, sect," from Greek skhole "spare time, leisure, rest ease; idleness; that in which leisure is employed; learned discussion;" also "a place for lectures, school;" originally "a holding back, a keeping clear," from skhein "to get" (from PIE root *segh- "to hold, hold in one's power, to have;" see scheme (n.)) + -ole by analogy with bole "a throw," stole "outfit," etc.
The original notion is "leisure," which passed to "otiose discussion" (in Athens or Rome the favorite or proper use for free time), then "place for such discussion." The Latin word was widely borrowed, cf. Old French escole, French école, Spanish escuela, Italian scuola, Old High German scuola, German Schule, Swedish skola, Gaelic sgiol, Welsh ysgol, Russian shkola. Translated in Old English as larhus, literally "lore house," but this seems to have been a glossary word only.
Meaning "students attending a school" in English is attested from c.1300; sense of "school building" is first recorded 1590s. Sense of "people united by a general similarity of principles and methods" is from 1610s; hence school of thought (1864). School of hard knocks "rough experience in life" is recorded from 1912 (in George Ade); to tell tales out of school "betray damaging secrets" is from 1540s. School bus is from 1908. School days is from 1590s. School board from 1870.
"group of fish," c.1400, from Middle Dutch schole (Dutch school) "group of fish or other animals," cognate with Old English scolu "band, troop, crowd of fish," from West Germanic *skulo- (cf. Old Saxon scola "troop, multitude," West Frisian skoal), perhaps with a literal sense of "division," from PIE root *(s)kel- (1) "to cut, divide" (see scale (n.1)). Cf. shoal (n.2)). For possible sense development, cf. section from Latin secare "to cut."
"collect or swim in schools," 1590s, from school (n.2). Related: Schooled; schooling.
In addition to the idiom beginning with school
- school of hard knocks
- tell tales (out of school)