Meaning of syllabus in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɪləbəs/

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nounplural noun syllabuses, plural noun syllabi/ˈsɪləbʌɪ/

  • 1The subjects in a course of study or teaching.

    ‘there isn't time to cover the syllabus’
    • ‘the history syllabus’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't think I have met a student who studied in detail the entire syllabus of a course at university.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 recent article develops the case for more sophisticated course syllabi.’
    • ‘I recommend that you get a copy of the syllabus that you are studying.’
    • ‘Before I organized the syllabus for this course, I had been immersed in reading about environmental and international women's issues.’
    • ‘The instructors developed the course syllabus and designed the innovative written assignments.’
    • ‘Can the group leader provide a written syllabus of the teaching plan for the year?’
    • ‘If you do get revision guides, make sure they are designed for use with your course syllabus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A lengthy process of six years is needed for learning the linguistic content included in a standard national syllabus for primary school.’
    • ‘The teacher went over a syllabus for the course.’
    • ‘There is often poor fit between university courses and school syllabuses.’
    • ‘Every institution of educational learning utilizes the same syllabus and curriculum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    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.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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’.