School Definition

Define what is School?

1. school (noun)

an educational institution.

  • the school was founded in 1900.

educational institution noun
an institution dedicated to education.


academy noun
a school for special training.

correspondence school noun
a school that teaches nonresident students by mail.

crammer noun
a special school where students are crammed.

dancing school noun
a school in which students learn to dance.

direct-grant school noun
formerly a school that charged tuition fees and also received government grants in return for admitting certain non-paying students who were nominated by the local authorities.

driving school noun
a school where people are taught to drive automobiles.

finishing school noun
a private school for girls that emphasizes training in cultural and social activities.

flying school noun
a school for teaching students to fly airplanes.

grad school, graduate school noun
a school in a university offering study leading to degrees beyond the bachelor's degree.

language school noun
a school for teaching foreign languages.

nursing school, school of nursing noun
a school for training nurses.

religious school noun
a school run by a religious body.

riding school noun
a school where horsemanship is taught and practiced.

Gymnasium, lycee, lyceum, middle school, secondary school noun
a school for students intermediate between elementary school and college; usually grades 9 to 12.

secretarial school noun
a school where secretarial skills (typing and shorthand and filing etc) are taught.

tech, technical school noun
a school teaching mechanical and industrial arts and the applied sciences.

training school noun
a school providing practical vocational and technical training.

veterinary school noun
a school teaching veterinary medicine.

conservatory noun
the faculty and students of a school specializing in one of the fine arts.

alma mater noun
your alma mater is a school you graduated from.

public school noun
a tuition free school in the United States supported by taxes and controlled by a school board.

private school noun
a school established and controlled privately and supported by endowment and tuition.

dance school noun
a school where students are taught to dance.

day school noun
a school giving instruction during the daytime.

night school noun
a school that holds classes in the evenings for students who cannot attend during the day.

Sabbath school, Sunday school noun
school meeting on Sundays for religious instruction.

elementary school, grade school, primary school, grammar school noun
a school for young children; usually the first 6 or 8 grades.

2. school (verb)

educate in or as if in a school.

  • The children are schooled at great cost to their parents in private institutions.

educate verb
give an education to.


home-school verb
educate (one's children) at home instead of sending (them) to a school.

3. schoolhouse, school (noun)

a building where young people receive education.

  • the school was built in 1932.
  • he walked to school every morning.
Synonyms: schoolhouse

building, edifice noun
a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place.


conservatoire, conservatory noun
a schoolhouse with special facilities for fine arts.

day school noun
a school building without boarding facilities.

4. civilise, civilize, school, cultivate, educate, train (verb)

teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment.

  • Cultivate your musical taste.
  • Train your tastebuds.
  • She is well schooled in poetry.

fine-tune, refine, Polish, Down verb
improve or perfect by pruning or polishing.


sophisticate verb
make less natural or innocent.

5. school (verb)

swim in or form a large group of fish.

  • A cluster of schooling fish was attracted to the bait.

swim verb
travel through water.

6. schooling, school (noun)

the process of being formally educated at a school.

  • what will you do when you finish school?.
Synonyms: schooling

Education noun
the gradual process of acquiring knowledge.

7. school (noun)

a body of creative artists or writers or thinkers linked by a similar style or by similar teachers.

  • the Venetian school of painting.

body noun
a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity.


Ashcan School, Eight noun
a group of United States painters founded in 1907 and noted for their realistic depictions of sordid aspects of city life.

deconstructivism noun
a school of architecture based on the philosophical theory of deconstruction.

historical school noun
a school of 19th century German economists and legal philosophers who tried to explain modern economic systems in evolutionary or historical terms.

pointillism noun
a school of painters who used a technique of painting with tiny dots of pure colors that would blend in the viewer's eye; developed by Georges Seurat and his followers late in 19th century France.

art nouveau noun
a French school of art and architecture popular in the 1890s; characterized by stylized natural forms and sinuous outlines of such objects as leaves and vines and flowers.

lake poets noun
English poets at the beginning of the 19th century who lived in the Lake District and were inspired by it.

Secession, sezession noun
an Austrian school of art and architecture parallel to the French art nouveau in the 1890s.

8. schooltime, school day, school (noun)

the period of instruction in a school; the time period when school is in session.

  • stay after school.
  • he didn't miss a single day of school.
  • when the school day was done we would walk home together.

period, period of time, time period noun
an amount of time.

9. school (noun)

an educational institution's faculty and students.

  • the school keeps parents informed.
  • the whole school turned out for the game.

educational institution noun
an institution dedicated to education.

10. shoal, school (noun)

a large group of fish.

  • a school of small glittering fish swam by.
Synonyms: shoal

animal group noun
a group of animals.

Nearby Terms

school assignment (noun)
a school task performed by a student to satisfy the teacher

school bell (noun)
a bell rung to announce beginning or ending of class

school board (noun)
a board in charge of local public schools

school bus (noun)
a bus used to transport children to or from school

school crossing (noun)
a pedestrian crossing where school children cross a street on the way to school

school day (noun)
any day on which school is in session

school dictionary (noun)
a dictionary specially written for those learning a foreign language

school district (noun)
a district whose public schools are administered together

school newspaper (noun)
a newspaper written and published by students in a school

school of dentistry (noun)
a graduate school offering study leading to degrees in dentistry

school of law (noun)
a graduate school offering study leading to a law degree

school of medicine (noun)
a graduate school offering study leading to a medical degree

school of music (noun)
a school for the study of music

school of nursing (noun)
a school for training nurses

school of thought (noun)
a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school