Definition of O level in English:

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O level

Pronunciation: /ˈō ˌlevəl/

noun

historical
(In the UK except Scotland) the lower of the two main levels of standardized examinations in secondary schools. Compare with A level.
Example sentences
  • I myself did not know much about the People's Charter until I studied for my O level economic and social history examination.
  • ‘My only academic achievement after leaving school was in 1969, when I gained an O level in English at Shipley College at the age of 23,’ said Mr Walsh.
  • Maybe I'm wrong - I did fail my maths O level in 1975, but since then I have learned to use a calculator.

Origin

Short for ordinary level.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: O lev·el

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