- an outline or other brief statement of the main points of a discourse, the subjects of a course of lectures, the contents of a curriculum, etc.
- a short summary of the legal basis of a court's decision appearing at the beginning of a reported case.
- a book containing summaries of the leading cases in a legal field, used especially by students.
- (often initial capital letter) Also called Syllabus of Errors. Roman Catholic Church. the list of 80 propositions condemned as erroneous by Pope Pius IX in 1864.
Origin of syllabus
Examples from the Web for syllabus
Yep, you read that right: The glamorous world of global influence peddling just got its own syllabus.Earn Your Degree in… Lobbying?
April 3, 2014
The syllabus hints that discussions will touch on marketing, religion, gay culture, sex, and gender.Miley Cyrus Twerk 101 and College Classes About Celebrities
March 28, 2014
Here are ten books that belong on any syllabus of self-transformation.New Year’s Reading List: Books to Transform Your Sad Life
January 1, 2014
If there is a theme that runs through Hagel's syllabus choices, it's a pretty realpolitik one.Hagel the Academic Hack
January 31, 2013
Besides, it was borrowed from the syllabus of a degraded superstition.
A syllabus is highly useful in the hands of students in lecture courses.College Teaching
He himself was keeping his mind on the syllabus with considerable difficulty.Stanford Stories
Charles K. Field
A re-perusal of the Syllabus had engendered in her mind a doubt whether it was quite.A Likely Story
William De Morgan
What syllabus of intellectual pursuits was simultaneously possible?Ulysses
- an outline of a course of studies, text, etc
- the subjects studied for a particular course
- a document which lists these subjects and states how the course will be assessed
- Also called: Syllabus of Errors a list of 80 doctrinal theses condemned as erroneous by Pius IX in 1864
- a list of 65 Modernist propositions condemned as erroneous by Pius X in 1907
Word Origin and History for syllabus
1650s, "table of contents of a series of lectures, etc.," from Late Latin syllabus "list," a misreading of Greek sittybos (plural of sittyba "parchment label, table of contents," of unknown origin) in a 1470s edition of Cicero's "Ad Atticum" iv.5 and 8. The proper plural would be syllabi.