Definition of Old school

1. Noun. A class of people favoring traditional ideas.

Definition of Old school

1. Adjective. (informal idiomatic) Characteristic of a style, outlook, or method employed in a former era, remembered either as inferior to the current style, or alternately, remembered nostalgically as superior or preferable to the new style, the older denoting something that would be considered out of date or out of fashion to some, but as such, is considered by others as cool and hip. ¹

2. Noun. (informal idiomatic) A style, way of thinking, or method for accomplishing a task that was employed in a former era, remembered either for its inferiority to the current method, or for its time-honored superiority over the new way. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Old School

old man of the mountain
old master
old mate
old men
old moon
old moons
old pence
old pennies
old penny
old person
old rose
old salt
old saw
old saws
old school (current term)
old school tie
old sight
old skool
old sledge
old sod
old soul
old souls
old sport
old squaw
old stager
old stick
old style
old style font
old sweat

Literary usage of Old school

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1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"The " old school " majority in the assembly of 1837 brought the matters at issue to a head by abrogating the Plan of Union, by resolutions against the ..."

2. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"old school—contd. 1817 [Governor Strong is a] gentleman of the old ... 1818 Now Wistar is gone, the last of that old school, by whose labours the fabrick ..."

3. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1840)
"MY old school. I PITY the man who docs not love his old school I To such a one the years of boyhood, to which most of us are wont to look hack with such ..."

4. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1876)
"... Book 12mo 1 50 JAMES'S The Desultory Man 12mo$l 50 The Gentleman of the Old School.. 12mo 1 50 The Gipsy 12mo 1 50 The Huguenot 12mo 1 50 The Jacquerie ..."

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