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school1 (skuːl Pronunciation for school1



    1. an institution or building at which children and young people usually under 19 receive education
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ school bus, school day
    3. (in combination)   ⇒ schoolroom, schoolwork
  1. any educational institution or building
  2. a faculty, institution, or department specializing in a particular subject   ⇒ a law school
  3. the staff and pupils of a school
  4. the period of instruction in a school or one session of this   ⇒ he stayed after school to do extra work
  5. meetings held occasionally for members of a profession, etc
  6. a place or sphere of activity that instructs   ⇒ the school of hard knocks
  7. a body of people or pupils adhering to a certain set of principles, doctrines, or methods
  8. a group of artists, writers, etc, linked by the same style, teachers, or aims   ⇒ the Venetian school of painting
  9. a style of life   ⇒ a gentleman of the old school
  10. (informal) a group assembled for a common purpose, esp gambling or drinking

verb (transitive)

  1. to train or educate in or as in a school
  2. to discipline or control
  3. an archaic word for reprimand

Word Origin

Old English scōl, from Latin schola school, from Greek skholē leisure spent in the pursuit of knowledge


View thesaurus entry
= academy, college, institution, institute, discipline, seminary, educational institution, centre of learning, alma mater
= group, set, circle, following, class, faction, followers, disciples, sect, devotees, denomination, clique, adherents, schism

Quotations including 'school'

  • "School is where you go between when your parents can't take you and industry can't take you" [John Updike]
  • "A school is not a factory. Its raison d'être is to provide opportunity for experience" [J.L. Carr

school2 (skuːl Pronunciation for school2



  1. a group of porpoises or similar aquatic animals that swim together


  1. (intransitive) to form such a group

Word Origin

Old English scolu shoal2

Translations for 'school'

  • British English: schoolPronunciation for school A school is a place where people go to learn.Most of the pupils travel to school by bus.Many new schools have been built.skuːl NOUN
  • Arabic: مَدْرَسَةPronunciation for مَدْرَسَة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: escolaPronunciation for escola
  • Chinese: 学校Pronunciation for 学校
  • Croatian: školaPronunciation for škola
  • Czech: školaPronunciation for škola
  • Danish: skolePronunciation for skole
  • Dutch: schoolPronunciation for school
  • European Spanish: colegioPronunciation for colegioinfantil
  • Finnish: kouluPronunciation for koulu
  • French: écolePronunciation for école
  • German: SchulePronunciation for Schule
  • Greek: σχολείοPronunciation for σχολείο
  • Italian: scuolaPronunciation for scuola
  • Japanese: 学校Pronunciation for 学校
  • Korean: 학교Pronunciation for 학교
  • Norwegian: skolePronunciation for skole
  • Polish: szkołaPronunciation for szkoła
  • Portuguese: escolaPronunciation for escola
  • Romanian: școală școli
  • Russian: школаPronunciation for школа
  • Spanish: colegioPronunciation for colegio
  • Swedish: skolaPronunciation for skola
  • Thai: โรงเรียนPronunciation for โรงเรียน
  • Turkish: okulPronunciation for okul
  • Ukrainian: школа
  • Vietnamese: trường họcPronunciation for trường học

Example Sentences Including 'school'

He's not a tyke, he went to public school , he's not even English.
Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)
It was galling to someone who had been one of the leading lights of his school in Ancelstierre.
Um, that's a game I used to play at school , in Ancelstierre.


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