- an elementary school, usually funded by charitable persons or organizations, for those unable to pay: a forerunner of the public-school system.
Origin of charity school
First recorded in 1675–85
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Examples from the Web for charity school
It is now a charity-school, a lighthouse, and a life-saving station.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
You are not well at all: youre as pale and peaked as a charity-school girl!Dust
No one could expect much from a charity-school in the fifteenth century.Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam
Eton, at its foundation, was a charity-school for seventy boys.Confessions of an Etonian
I. E. M.
Then, on the other side of my bed, I saw an open cloister, and presently I saw that it was lined with charity-school children.Story of My Life, volumes 1-3
Augustus J. C. Hare