Definition of syllabus in US English:

syllabus

noun

  • 1An outline of the subjects in a course of study or teaching.

    ‘there isn't time to cover the syllabus’
    ‘the history syllabus’
    • ‘The teacher went over a syllabus for the course.’
    • ‘The instructors developed the course syllabus and designed the innovative written assignments.’
    • ‘I have returned to campus enlivened by a sense of professional renewal, and I have developed course syllabi, assignments, and activities that incorporate many ideas from my fellowship experiences.’
    • ‘Both of these elite programs publish a syllabus, which describes the material that will be examined; teachers and pupils prepare for the examination by studying the syllabus.’
    • ‘Before I organized the syllabus for this course, I had been immersed in reading about environmental and international women's issues.’
    • ‘There is often poor fit between university courses and school syllabuses.’
    • ‘If you do get revision guides, make sure they are designed for use with your course syllabus.’
    • ‘I recommend that you get a copy of the syllabus that you are studying.’
    • ‘I didn't get to talk much to either of them though because the teachers had spent the whole time talking about the course syllabus.’
    • ‘Can the group leader provide a written syllabus of the teaching plan for the year?’
    • ‘If curriculum is defined more broadly than syllabus or course of study then it needs to contain more than mere statements of content to be studied.’
    • ‘A lengthy process of six years is needed for learning the linguistic content included in a standard national syllabus for primary school.’
    • ‘Having recently developed a syllabus for a course on the history of display, I found that both of these books introduce important aspects of museum presentation.’
    • ‘Joining him on the Friday evening will be internationally-acclaimed Asian poet and artist Imtaz Dharker, whose poetry is now on the school syllabus for the national curriculum.’
    • ‘Educators also can view descriptions of university course syllabi in Mexico, to see how content area subjects are supposed to be taught in Mexican schools.’
    • ‘Old A-level syllabuses, like degree courses, had, certainly, a paper or papers which were source-based and introduced the student to the ‘feel’ of real historical work.’
    • ‘Does it teach the exam board syllabuses your child is studying?’
    • ‘A recent article develops the case for more sophisticated course syllabi.’
    • ‘I don't think I have met a student who studied in detail the entire syllabus of a course at university.’
    • ‘Every institution of educational learning utilizes the same syllabus and curriculum.’
    curriculum, course, course of study, programme of study, educational programme, course outline
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  • 2(in the Roman Catholic Church) a summary of points decided by papal decree regarding heretical doctrines or practices.

    • ‘The Syllabus does not explain why each particular proposition is wrong, but it cites earlier documents to which the reader can refer for the Pope's reasons for saying each proposition is false.’
    • ‘Sent to bishops throughout the world, the syllabus warned loyal Catholics everywhere of the pernicious doctrines which the pope had identified and anathematized.’
    • ‘The Syllabus was divided into ten sections which condemned as false various statements about these topics.’

Origin

Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘concise table of headings of a discourse’): modern Latin, originally a misreading of Latin sittybas, accusative plural of sittyba, from Greek sittuba ‘title slip, label’.

Pronunciation

syllabus

/ˈsɪləbəs//ˈsiləbəs/