[ deym-skool ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby dame-school

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How to use dame-school in a sentence

  • British soldiers in gay uniforms were seen about the roads, and Mistress Kent's dame school did not open as usual.

    Maid Sally | Harriet A. Cheever
  • Our picture shows us a corner of a dame school where a naughty child is in a fit of temper.

    Landseer | Estelle M. Hurll
  • It was like nothing so much as a dame school, even to the various tutors and governesses ordered her by the Czarina.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for dame school

dame school

  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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