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From Latin schola. Doublet of school and shul.


schola (plural scholas or scholae)

  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 school, a sect; body of followers of a teacher or system, such as those of a philosopher or the Praetorian guard
  5. An art gallery.


First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative schola scholae
Genitive scholae scholārum
Dative scholae scholīs
Accusative scholam scholās
Ablative scholā scholīs
Vocative schola scholae

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  • schola”, in Charlton T[homas] Lewis; Charles [Lancaster] Short (1879) [] A New Latin Dictionary [], New York, N.Y.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Chicago, Ill.: American Book Company; Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • schola”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • schola in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (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



From Latin schola.


schola f (plural scholas)

  1. Obsolete spelling of escola