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Usage statistics for the noun school:

spoken English51.02%written English48.98% conversational speech46.49%task-oriented speech53.51% imaginative writing29.73%informational writing70.27%
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Fun fact! Until 1870's, the schools in England taught only Greek and Latin and there were no professors of English literature in Oxford and Cambridge. But then back in India, schools had a well developed curriculum to teach English.

School is sometimes a misspelling of schools.

The word school is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun school

What does school mean as a name of something?

School is one of the top 50 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: schools

  1. an educational institution
  2. a building where young people receive education
    • examples: the school was built in 1932 | he walked to school every morning
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of school: schoolhouse
    • more generic words: building / edifice = a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
    • more specific terms:
    • part of: school system = establishment including the plant and equipment for providing education from kindergarten through high school
    • part: schoolroom / classroom = a room in a school where lessons take place
  3. the process of being formally educated at a school
    • example: what will you do when you finish school?
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of school: schooling
    • more generic word: education = the gradual process of acquiring knowledge
  4. a body of creative artists or writers or thinkers linked by a similar style or by similar teachers
    • example: the Venetian school of painting
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic word: body = a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
    • more specific terms:
      • Ashcan School / Eight = a group of United States painters founded in 1907 and noted for their realistic depictions of sordid aspects of city life
      • deconstructivism = a school of architecture based on the philosophical theory of deconstruction
      • historical school = a school of 19th century German economists and legal philosophers who tried to explain modern economic systems in evolutionary or historical terms
      • pointillism = a school of painters who used a technique of painting with tiny dots of pure colors that would blend in the viewer's eye
      • art nouveau = a French school of art and architecture popular in the 1890s
      • lake poets = English poets at the beginning of the 19th century who lived in the Lake District and were inspired by it
      • secession / sezession = an Austrian school of art and architecture parallel to the French art nouveau in the 1890s
  5. the period of instruction in a school; the time period when school is in session
    • examples: stay after school | he didn't miss a single day of school | when the school day was done we would walk home together
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonyms of school: school day / schooltime
    • more generic terms: period / period of time / time period = an amount of time
    • part: study hall = a period of time during the school day that is set aside for study
  6. an educational institution's faculty and students
    • examples: the school keeps parents informed | the whole school turned out for the game
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic term: educational institution = an institution dedicated to education
  7. a large group of fish
    • example: a school of small glittering fish swam by
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of school: shoal
    • more generic term: animal group = a group of animals
    • member: fish = any of various mostly cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates usually having scales and breathing through gills

Alternative definition of the noun school


  1. A group of fish or a group of marine mammals such as porpoises, dolphins, or whales.
  2. [US, Canada] An institution dedicated to teaching and learning; an educational institution.
  3. [British] An educational institution providing primary and secondary education, prior to tertiary education (college or university).
  4. Within a larger educational institution, an organizational unit, such as a department or institute, which is dedicated to a specific subject area.
  5. [considered collectively] The followers of a particular doctrine; a particular way of thinking or particular doctrine; a school of thought.
  6. The time during which classes are attended or in session in an educational institution.

Definition of the verb school

What does school mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: schooled | schooling | schools

  1. educate in or as if in a school
    • example: The children are schooled at great cost to their parents in private institutions
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic word: educate = give an education to
    • more specific word: home-school = educate (one's children) at home instead of sending (them) to a school
  2. teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
  3. swim in or form a large group of fish
    • example: A cluster of schooling fish was attracted to the bait
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: swim = travel through water

Alternative definition of the verb school


  1. [context: of fish] To form into, or travel in a school.
  2. [transitive] To educate, teach, or train (often, but not necessarily, in a school.)
  3. [transitive] To defeat emphatically, to teach an opponent a harsh lesson.
  4. [transitive] To control, or compose, one's expression.


  1. School is a 2010 drama TV series.
  2. "School" a.k.a. "Shala" is a 2011 romance film written by Avinash Deshpande and directed by Sujay Dahake.
  3. "School" a.k.a. "La scuola" is a 1995 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Daniele Luchetti. It is loosely based on two books by Domenico Starnone, Ex Cattedra and Sottobanco.
  4. "School" is a film, directed by Pratima V. Kulkarni.
    • country: India
    • language: Hindi Language
    • starring:
    • genres: Bollywood, Drama
    • released in (10 years ago)


"School" is a book by Emily Arnold McCully.

  • genres: Children's literature, Fiction
  • subjects: Schools, Education, Animal


  1. "School" is a composition, cataloged instance.
    • also known as School (take 1); School (Cuts in); School (Seattle, WA, Rock & Environmet Fest); School (alternate version); School (take 2); [introduction] / School
    • music and lyrics by Kurt Cobain
  2. "School" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  3. "School" is a musical album of Jim Bob, Eugene Chadbourne, John Zorn.
    • released in (37 years ago)
  4. "School" is a composition.


  1. School: A school is an institution designed for the teaching of students under the direction of teachers. Most countries have systems of formal education, which is commonly compulsory. In these systems, students progress through a series of schools. The names for these schools vary by country but generally include primary school for young children and secondary school for teenagers who have completed primary education. An institution where higher education is taught, is commonly called a university college or university.
    • also known as 学校
  2. School: School!! is a Japanese television series which premiered on Fuji TV on January 16, 2011. It was aired on Fuji TV's Sunday 9:00pm slot "Dramatic Sunday" in the 2011 winter drama season.
  3. School: 《학교》는 대한민국의 KBS에서 1999년 2월 22일부터 같은 해 4월 13일까지 방영한 청소년 드라마이다.
    • also known as 학교 1
    • begun on and completed on (15 years ago)
    • country: South Korea
  4. School a.k.a. School 2 is a TV program.
  5. School: The name of the school this team is affiliated with.
  6. The school that this is a mascot of.
  7. School a.k.a. School 4 is a TV program.
  8. School: The educational institution that runs this radio station.
  9. The school at which this magazine is produced.

Phrases with School

Phrases starting with the word School:

  1. school bus
  2. school day
  3. School run
  4. School tie
  5. school-age

Phrases ending with the word School:

  1. art school
  2. Big School
  3. day school
  4. law school
  5. Med School
  6. New school
  7. old school
  8. old-school
  9. Ski School
  10. Cram school
  11. grad school
  12. high school
  13. Home School
  14. home-school
  15. John school

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for School

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Google previewFour Square: Writing Method for Grades 1-3 (2008)

A Unique Approach to Teaching Basic Writing Skills by Evan Jay Gould

First Learn • reading • math • science Also Friends • share lunch • invite over • do homework together Next Soyou cansee Play • in centers • on playground • on play day School is a great place because we learn, meet friends and play. School ...

Google previewTradition Witnessing the Modern Age (2008)

An Analysis of the Gulen Movement by M. Enes Ergene

The school is a place to subject the teacher and the student to a chemical transformation; it is a laboratory that prepares...

The school is an essential laboratory, our courses are the elixir of life, and the teacher is the heroic savant of this...

Google previewThematic Guide to Young Adult Literature (2006)

by Alice Trupe

School is the site for meetings with friends, developing dating relationships, and participating in sports and other activities. It can provide...

Google previewMixed or Single-sex School? (2017)

A Research Study in Pupil-Teacher Relationships by R. R. Dale

A coeducational school is the best preparation for a co-educational world.

A coeducational school is an extension of life at home and can serve as an apprenticeship to becoming an...

Google previewWhy Delinquency? (1983)

by Maurice Cusson

School means work. There is no more play when you enter the...

Google previewSchool-Based Evaluation (2012)

A Guide for Board Members, Superintendents, Principals, Department Heads, and Teachers by John W. Wick

A school is a quality school, such people would argue, if it is perceived to be a quality school by its constituency (most...

Google previewA School Dictionary; Or, Entick's English Dictionary, (1821)

Abridged and Adapted to the Use of Schools; Containing Only the Roots of Words, and Those of Importance and Utility, and Omitting Derivative, Obsolete, Vulgar and Unusual Words by John Entick

THE school. DICTIONARY. ABR, ABANDON (a-ban-don), v, a to forsake, give up Abandoned (a-ban'-don-ed), pa. and ad. wicked in the highest exAbase (a-bäse), v. a. to humble, to depress [treme Abash (a-bash'), v. a. to put out of ...

Google previewBerkeley High School Slang Dictionary (2004)

by Rick Ayers

Berkeley High School.

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Usage statistics about school

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun school:

spoken English51.02%written English48.98% conversational speech46.49%task-oriented speech53.51% imaginative writing29.73%informational writing70.27%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun school:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb school:


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Small photo of Backpack with school supplies, isolated on whiteSmall photo of Cheerful smiling little boy with big backpack jumping and having fun against blue wall. Looking at camera. School concept. Back to SchoolSmall photo of Parent and pupil of primary school go hand in hand. Woman and girl with backpack behind the back. Beginning of lessons. First day of fall.Small photo of Father Walking To School With ChildrenSmall photo of Mother taking daughter to schoolSmall photo of Back to school and happy time! Apple, pile of books and backpack on the desk at the elementary school.Small photo of Beautiful school children active and happy on the background of school in uniform More...

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Quotes about School

I went to the local schools, the local state primary school, and then to the local grammar school. A secondary school, which technically was an independent school, it was not part of the state educational system. (John Hume)
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Scrabble value of S1C3H4O1O1L1

The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of SCHOOL

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