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dame-school

[deym-skool]
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noun (formerly)
  1. a school in which the rudiments of reading, writing, and arithmetic were taught to neighborhood children by a woman in her own home.
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Origin of dame-school

First recorded in 1810–20
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British Dictionary definitions for dame school

dame school

noun
  1. (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
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