Borrowed from Medieval Latin syllabus (“list”), which arose as a misprint, its accusative plural syllabos appearing in place of sittybas in a 1470s edition of Cicero's “Ad Atticum” IV.5 and 8. The corrupt form was influenced by the stem of Ancient Greek συλλαμβάνω (sullambánō, “put together”), the source of σῠλλᾰβή (sullabḗ, “syllable”); the true etymon is σιττύβα (sittúba, “parchment label, table of contents”) of unknown origin.
- (education) A summary of topics which will be covered during an academic course, or a text or lecture.
- 2020, Abi Daré, The Girl With The Louding Voice, Sceptre, page 183:
- ‘I checked online for a beginner syllabus,’ she say. ‘A syllabus is a plan for how we would work, what I can teach you.’
- (law) The headnote of a reported case; the brief statement of the points of law determined prefixed to a reported case.
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈsyl.la.bus/, [ˈs̠ʏlːʲäbʊs̠]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈsil.la.bus/, [ˈsilːɑbus]