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From Latin schola.


schola ‎(plural scholas)

  1. Originally, a musical school attached to a monastery or church. Also known as a schola cantorum.
  2. Today, a group of musicians, particularly one which specializes in liturgical music.



From Ancient Greek σχολή ‎(skholḗ).



schola f ‎(genitive scholae); first declension

  1. Leisure time given to learning; schooltime, classtime.
  2. A school; a place for learning or instruction.
    • 1804 Jun 12, Oberdeutsche Allgemeine Litteraturzeitung, No. 70, p. 1119
      non scholæ sed vitæ discendvm est
      We must learn not for school but for life.
  3. A student body; the disciples of a teacher.
  4. A sect; body of followers of a teacher or system, such as the Praetorian guard.
  5. An art gallery.


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative schola scholae
genitive scholae scholārum
dative scholae scholīs
accusative scholam scholās
ablative scholā scholīs
vocative schola scholae

Related terms[edit]



  • schola in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • schola in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • schola” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • a school for higher education: schola
    • to go to a school: scholam frequentare
    • to exert oneself in the schools: desudare in scholae umbra or umbraculis
    • a sect, school of thought: schola, disciplina, familia; secta
    • to give lectures: scholas habere, explicare (Fin. 2. 1. 1)
    • to attend lectures: scholis interesse
  • schola in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin