Meaning of SCHOOL in English

I. ˈskül noun

Etymology: Middle English scole, from Old English scōl, from Latin schola, from Greek scholē leisure, discussion, lecture, school; perhaps akin to Greek echein to hold — more at scheme

Date: before 12th century

1. : an organization that provides instruction: as

a. : an institution for the teaching of children

b. : college , university


(1) : a group of scholars and teachers pursuing knowledge together that with similar groups constituted a medieval university

(2) : one of the four faculties of a medieval university

(3) : an institution for specialized higher education often associated with a university

the school of engineering

d. : an establishment offering specialized instruction

a secretarial school

driving school s



(1) : the process of teaching or learning especially at a school

(2) : attendance at a school

(3) : a session of a school

b. : a school building

c. : the students attending a school ; also : its teachers and students

3. : a source of knowledge

experience was his school


a. : a group of persons who hold a common doctrine or follow the same teacher (as in philosophy, theology, or medicine)

the Aristotelian school

also : the doctrine or practice of such a group

b. : a group of artists under a common influence

c. : a group of persons of similar opinions or behavior ; also : the shared opinions or behavior of such a group

other school s of thought

5. : the regulations governing military drill of individuals or units ; also : the exercises carried out

the school of the soldier

II. transitive verb

Date: 15th century


a. : to teach or drill in a specific knowledge or skill

well school ed in languages

b. : to discipline or habituate to something

school oneself in patience

2. : to educate in an institution of learning

Synonyms: see teach

III. noun

Etymology: Middle English scole, from Middle Dutch schole; akin to Old English scolu multitude and probably to Old English scylian to separate — more at skill

Date: 15th century

: a large number of fish or aquatic animals of one kind swimming together

IV. intransitive verb

Date: 1597

: to swim or feed in a school

bluefish are school ing

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.