- 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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We seldom see engravings in the classics of the college; these are reserved for the spelling-books of the dame-school.The Art of Illustration
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Here is his account of his first attendance at the central town-school of Dorchester, after he had left a dame-school.
The mistress of the dame-school at Clermont recognised in the Abbé's protégé her former pupil.
The dame-school, which was about a mile from the village, was a long, low house with a thatched roof.
The mistress of a dame-school can hear spelling-lessons; and any hedge-schoolmaster can drill boys in the multiplication-table.Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects