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public school

(in the U.S.) a school that is maintained at public expense for the education of the children of a community or district and that constitutes a part of a system of free public education commonly including primary and secondary schools.
(in England) any of a number of endowed secondary boarding schools that prepare students chiefly for the universities or for public service.
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public-school, adjective Unabridged
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  • The second paper should speak of the curriculum of the public school, and give a clear idea of what is covered by the child.

    The Complete Club Book for Women Caroline French Benton
  • He was more accustomed to the phraseology of the prayer-meeting than of the public school.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • There is no public school system, and a large number of even the white population can neither read nor write.

    Porto Rico Arthur D. Hall
  • I suppose it is the public school system that is accountable.

    The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson Nellie van De Grift Sanchez
  • It should have enjoyable exercises, like a school, yet not too severely like a public school.

British Dictionary definitions for public school

public school

(in England and Wales) a private independent fee-paying secondary school
(in the US) any school that is part of a free local educational system
in certin Canadian provinces, a public elementray school as distinguished from a separate school
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