An example of a syllabus is what a college professor hands out to his students on the first day of class.
- 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 syllabusMedieval Latin, probably alteration (influenced by Greek sullambanein, to put together) of Latin sillybus, parchment label, from Greek sillubos.
(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.