dame-school

[deym-skool]

noun (formerly)

a school in which the rudiments of reading, writing, and arithmetic were taught to neighborhood children by a woman in her own home.

Nearby words

  1. damasus ii,
  2. dame,
  3. dame school,
  4. dame's rocket,
  5. dame's violet,
  6. damfool,
  7. damfoolish,
  8. damia,
  9. damiana,
  10. damien

Origin of dame-school

First recorded in 1810–20

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British Dictionary definitions for dame school

dame school

noun

(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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