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
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(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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