from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An outline or a summary of the main points of a text, lecture, or course of study.
- n. Law A short statement preceding a report on an adjudged case and containing a summary of the court's rulings on each point involved.
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- n. A summary of topics which will be covered during an academic course, or a text or lecture.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A compendium containing the heads of a discourse, and the like; an abstract.
- n. The headnote of a reported case; the brief statement of the points of law determined prefixed to a reported case. The opinion controls the syllabus, the latter being merely explanatory of the former.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A compendium containing the heads of a discourse, the main propositions of a course of lectures, etc.; an abstract; a table of statements contained in any writing, of a scheme of lessons, or the like.
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, a summary statement and enumeration of the points decided by an act or decree of ecclesiastical authority; specifically, a catalogue formulating eighty heresies condemned by Pope Pius IX. in 1864, annexed to the encyclical letter Quanta Cura. See the quotation.
- n. Synonyms Compendium, Epitome. See abridgment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an integrated course of academic studies
Medieval Latin, probably alteration (influenced by Greek sullambanein, to put together) of Latin sillybus, parchment label, from Greek sillubos.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin syllabus ("list"), a misreading of sittybis or sillybis (ablative plural) in a 1470s edition of Cicero's "Ad Atticum" iv.5 and 8. This misprint of sittybis or sillybis as syllabis was later wrongly related to the Greek noun συλλαβή "syllable", but is actually from Ancient Greek σιττύβα (sittyba, "parchment label, table of contents") of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)