from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A group committed to traditional ideas or practices: a diplomat of the old school.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. 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nostalgically as superior or preferable to the new style, the older denoting something that would be considered out of date or out of fashion to some, but as such, is considered by others as cool and hip.
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a school or party belonging to a former time, or preserving the character, manner, or opinions of a former time; ; -- used also adjectively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the old school; of earlier times; as originally or formerly established, propounded, or professed; old or old-fashioned.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a class of people favoring traditional ideas


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  • The DJ is playing a sizzling, old school Lillo Thomas hit that I remember vividly because Keith and I once had a picnic and he played it on his boom box.

    Joy & Pain

  • Until PARACELSUS, partly by his vigorous invective and partly by his remarkable cures of various diseases, demolished the old school of medicine, no one dared contest the authority of GALEN (130-circa 205) and AVICENNA (980 -- 1037).

    Bygone Beliefs

  • I was on my way to the very rim of England, the wooded border country along the valley of the Wye, to meet the man who has done more than almost anybody else for woodland conservation in Britain: my old school friend George Peterken, author of Natural Woodland.


  • He spent his vacations in Dublin and always called upon his old school friend Edward Sullivan in his rooms at Trinity.

    Oscar Wilde

  • There had not been any questions when he gave his orders over the air, for Shulubin was of the old school who expected only strict compliance and acknowledgements from out-stations; this new-fangled encouragement of discussions, such as had been tried by other units to improve efficiency, did not appeal to him.

    First Clash

  • I can remember five or six great thatchers of the old school dying then.


  • He started up, wildly, when Mr. Palliser had completed his speech; but the Speaker's eye, not unnaturally, had travelled to the other side of the House, and there was a Tory of the old school upon his legs, — Mr. Western, the member for East Barsetshire, one of the gallant few who dared to vote against Sir Robert Peel's bill for repealing the Corn Laws in 1846.

    Phineas Finn

  • This is a very, very important program, and just as Dr Wirajuda has agreed today to visit my old school in my electorate,

    Joint Press Conference with the Indonesian Foreign Minister - Transcript - The Hon Stephen Smith MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs

  • He was, Andrew Card, Bushs chief of staff, observed, a little bit old school and a little bit sexist in his dealings with her.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • Some of the kids at my old school called me ‘Gooey Louie.’



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