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school year

the months of the year during which school is open and attendance at school is required.
Origin of school year
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In a large class this may occupy the entire time in the school-year.

  • We do not know definitely that there was any fixed length for the school-year.

    The Private Life of the Romans Harold Whetstone Johnston
  • Immediately after Easter the real excitement of the school-year began.

    A World of Girls L. T. Meade
  • The children were delighted to be back in Sunday-school and to begin their school-year.

  • The last term of the school-year is made of decades, not of weeks, and living through them is like waiting for the millennium.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • And this is one out of the school-year's two hundred and sixteen days--all of which will be like this, or worse.

    Bits About Home Matters Helen Hunt Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for school-year

school year

a twelve-month period, (in Britain) usually starting in late summer and continuing for three terms until the following summer, during which pupils remain in the same class
the time during this period when the school is open
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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