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[deym-skool] /ˈdeɪmˌskul/
noun, (formerly)
a school in which the rudiments of reading, writing, and arithmetic were taught to neighborhood children by a woman in her own home.
Origin of dame-school
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for dame school
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  • It will be hard to see the way, but—I am going to a dame school!

    Maid Sally Harriet A. Cheever
  • British soldiers in gay uniforms were seen about the roads, and Mistress Kent's dame school did not open as usual.

    Maid Sally Harriet A. Cheever
  • Our picture shows us a corner of a dame school where a naughty child is in a fit of temper.

    Landseer Estelle M. Hurll
  • It was like nothing so much as a dame school, even to the various tutors and governesses ordered her by the Czarina.

British Dictionary definitions for dame school

dame school

(formerly) a small school, often in a village, usually run by an elderly woman in her own home to teach young children to read and write
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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