Definition of old school in US English:

old school


  • Used, usually approvingly, to refer to someone or something that is old-fashioned or traditional.

    ‘amenities that my parents, being of the old school, still take for granted’
    • ‘Hibbert is a popular historian of the old school, reticent, scholarly and modest.’
    • ‘I was under Bob at Queensland, a hard man from the old school, and a bigoted man.’
    • ‘I am of the old school that wants centre-backs who can defend first and foremost.’
    • ‘I thought this guy was great as he was a Japanese salary man of the old school.’
    • ‘A real old school gent, he even took the time to apologise when the blood got loud enough to be heard over the train noise.’
    • ‘One of the old school army officers on a private income decided to learn Paragliding.’
    • ‘Despite the rest of the family wanting this old lady interned in a hospital or hospice, my mother is of the old school.’
    • ‘The artists of the old school, in particular the sonata playing of Glenn Gould and Yehudi Menuhin.’
    • ‘He's of the old school, where your word is everything and a deal's a deal, which is rare these days.’
    • ‘He was a journalist of the old school, a reporter who once he got his teeth into a story wouldn't let go.’
    • ‘Though politically an old school Tory, Howard Senior came to believe the British had got it wrong.’
    • ‘He was an actor of the old school, his voice capable of uncommon levels of thrilling timbre.’
    • ‘The era of the sozzled old school hack is drawing to a close and, eventually, there may be no one around to raise a glass to it.’
    • ‘He had a good conference and is an excellent performer of the old school.’
    unfashionable, out of style, no longer fashionable, old-fashioned, out of date, outdated, dated, outmoded, behind the times, last year's, superseded
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old school

/oʊld skul/