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From Old French cedule (whence French cédule), from Late Latin schedula (papyrus strip), diminutive of Latin scheda, from Ancient Greek σχέδη (skhédē, papyrus leaf). Doublet of cedula and cedule.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈʃɛ.djuːl/, /ˈʃɛ.dʒuːl/, /ˈskɛ.djuːl/, /ˈskɛ.dʒuːl/[1]
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈskɛ.dʒʊl/, /ˈskɛ.dʒəl/, /ˈskɛ.dʒu.əl/, /ˈskɛ.dʒul/[2]
    • (file)
  • (India) IPA(key): /ʃɛ.djuːl/
  • (Canada) IPA(key): /ˈskɛ.dʒu.əl/, /ˈskɛ.dʒuːl/, /ˈʃɛ.dʒu.əl/, /ˈʃɛ.dʒuːl/
  • (file)


schedule (plural schedules)

  1. (obsolete) A slip of paper; a short note. [14th-17th c.]
  2. (law) A written or printed table of information, often forming an annex or appendix to a statute or other regulatory instrument, or to a legal contract. [from 15th c.]
    schedule of tribes
    1. (US, law) One of the five divisions into which controlled drugs are classified, or the restrictions denoted by such classification. [from 20th c.]
  3. A serial record of items, systematically arranged.
    Synonyms: catalog, list, listing, register, registry, table
  4. A procedural plan, usually but not necessarily tabular in nature, indicating a sequence of operations and the planned times at which those operations are to occur. [from 19th c.]
    Synonyms: timeline, timetable
  5. (computer science) An allocation or ordering of a set of tasks on one or several resources. [from 20th c.]


  • Cebuano: eskedyul
  • Indonesian: skedul
  • Korean: 스케줄 (seukejul)



schedule (third-person singular simple present schedules, present participle scheduling, simple past and past participle scheduled)

  1. To create a time-schedule.
  2. To plan an activity at a specific date or time in the future.
    I'll schedule you for three-o'clock then.
    The next elections are scheduled on the 20th of November.
  3. (Australia, medicine) To admit (a person) to hospital as an involuntary patient under the Mental Health Act.
    whether or not to schedule a patient



  • “schedule” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  1. ^ “Definition of schedule in English”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1], Oxford Online Dictionaries, accessed 2014-04-15
  2. ^ “Definition of schedule in English”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[2], Merriam-Webster, accessed 2015-01-31

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