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[sil-uh-bahy] /ˈsɪl əˌbaɪ/
a plural of syllabus.


[sil-uh-buh s] /ˈsɪl ə bəs/
noun, plural syllabuses, syllabi
[sil-uh-bahy] /ˈsɪl əˌbaɪ/ (Show IPA)
an outline or other brief statement of the main points of a discourse, the subjects of a course of lectures, the contents of a curriculum, etc.
  1. a short summary of the legal basis of a court's decision appearing at the beginning of a reported case.
  2. a book containing summaries of the leading cases in a legal field, used especially by students.
(often initial capital letter). Also called Syllabus of Errors. Roman Catholic Church. the list of 80 propositions condemned as erroneous by Pope Pius IX in 1864.
Origin of syllabus
1650-60; < New Latin syllabus, syllabos, probably a misreading (in manuscripts of Cicero) of Greek síttybās, accusative plural of síttyba label for a papyrus roll Unabridged
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Examples from the web for syllabi
  • Throughout the seventies and eighties, he was a marquee name on college syllabi, the closest thing academia had to a rock star.
  • She formulated the syllabi and schedules for the college.
  • He first got into the idea of calendar reform while having to yet again update lecture dates and syllabi for his students.
  • But the finance major does not even buy all the books on his syllabi.
  • But some universities are moving beyond publishing online syllabi and simple videos.
  • Few instructors wanted to lose control of their syllabi or lectures.
  • My undergraduate syllabi are prepared well in advance, down to the days the exams will be returned, let alone given.
  • File away any interesting textbooks and syllabi that you come across for future reference.
  • The university also created syllabus-building software that helps faculty members put their syllabi into accessible formats.
  • Examples of this type of syllabus include initial, transition, and recurrent training syllabi.
British Dictionary definitions for syllabi


a plural of syllabus


noun (pl) -buses, -bi (-ˌbaɪ)
an outline of a course of studies, text, etc
  1. the subjects studied for a particular course
  2. a document which lists these subjects and states how the course will be assessed
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin, erroneously from Latin sittybus parchment strip giving title and author, from Greek sittuba


noun (RC Church)
Also called Syllabus of Errors. a list of 80 doctrinal theses condemned as erroneous by Pius IX in 1864
a list of 65 Modernist propositions condemned as erroneous by Pius X in 1907
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Word Origin and History for syllabi



1650s, "table of contents of a series of lectures, etc.," from Late Latin syllabus "list," a misreading of Greek sittybos (plural of sittyba "parchment label, table of contents," of unknown origin) in a 1470s edition of Cicero's "Ad Atticum" iv.5 and 8. The proper plural would be syllabi.

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