finishing school


a private school, usually at the high-school or junior-college level, that teaches young women social graces and prepares them for life in society.

Origin of finishing school

First recorded in 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for finishing school

institute, seminary

Examples from the Web for finishing school

Historical Examples of finishing school

  • By this time Julia had grown up and was beginning at finishing-school.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • I did not seek in a wife the accomplishments of a finishing-school teacher.

    A Strange Story, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • She had not learned that sort of French in her finishing-school.

    The Woman-Hater

    Charles Reade

  • When father and mother come back I shall be only sixteen; it will be time enough then to go to a finishing-school.

  • The finishing-school was brandished again, but, after a private consultation on finance, put aside by the rector and Mrs. Hutting.

    Double Harness

    Anthony Hope

British Dictionary definitions for finishing school

finishing school


a private school for girls that prepares them for society by teaching social graces and accomplishments
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