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preparatory school

a private or parochial secondary school, especially one boarding its students and providing a college-preparatory education.
British. a private elementary school, especially one preparing its students for public school.
Also called prep school.
Origin of preparatory school
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Having been graduated from a preparatory school you may be exempt.

    Grace Harlowe's Problem Jessie Graham Flower
  • He's ever so much stronger and has gone to a preparatory school.

  • Well, then, at the age of ten he goes to a preparatory school.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • He did not put the questions always asked at a preparatory school.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • His boys were away at a preparatory school and were looking forward to college.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • In the second place he wouldnt be allowed to wear it in a preparatory school.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • I was placed in the preparatory school, under the Rev. Mr. Hiley.

    Recollections of a Busy Life William B. Forwood
  • Of course, this preparatory school teaching was only temporary with him.

    Princeton Stories Jesse Lynch Williams
  • For six years I worked daytimes and went at night to a preparatory school.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
British Dictionary definitions for preparatory school

preparatory school

(in Britain) a private school, usually single-sex and for children between the ages of 6 and 13, generally preparing pupils for public school
(in the US) a private secondary school preparing pupils for college
Often shortened to prep school
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