An example of a syllabus is what a college professor hands out to his students on the first day of class.
nounpl. -·buses or -·bi·
- a summary or outline, esp. of a course of study
- Law brief notes preceding and explaining the decision or points of law in the written report of an adjudged case
Origin of syllabusModern Latin from LL(Ec), a list, register (prob. false form for syllaba, syllable), mistaken reading of Classical Latin sillybus, altered from sittybus, strip of parchment used as a label from Classical Greek sittybos, strip of leather
nounpl. syl·la·bus·es, or syl·la·bi
- An outline or a summary of the main points of a text, lecture, or course of study.
- Law A summary or abstract of the legal rulings contained in a published judicial case opinion.
Origin of syllabusNew Latin syllabus summary, outline, list back-formed nominative singular from syllabos misreading (propagated in early printed editions of Cicero's letters and taken to be a masculine accusative plural) of syllabous medieval misreading ( influenced by Greek sullambanein, sullab- to put together ) of Greeksittubas (used by Cicero with the meaning “parchment labels or tags for scrolls,” in the Latin text of one of his letters) accusative plural of sittuba variant of sittubon a small hide or piece of leather ( perhaps originally meaning “a goat-skin” and akin to Modern Greek dialectal sita goat ) ( perhaps from Greek sittā, psittā word imitative of the sound used by shepherds to call their flocks )
(plural syllabi or syllabuses)
From Late Latin syllabus (“list"), a misreading of sittybis or sillybis (ablative plural) in a 1470s edition of Cicero's "Ad Atticum" iv.5 and 8. This misprint of sittybis or sillybis as syllabis was later wrongly related to the Greek noun ÏƒÏ…Î»Î»Î±Î²Î® "syllabe", but is actually from Ancient Greek ÏƒÎ¹Ï„Ï„ÏÎ²Î± (sittyba, “parchment label, table of contents") of unknown origin.