grammar school


an elementary school.
British. a secondary school corresponding to a U.S. high school.
(formerly) a secondary school in which Latin and Greek are among the principal subjects taught.

Origin of grammar school

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grammar school

Contemporary Examples of grammar school

  • By the end of that November, I had written off my grammar-school days entirely.

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    Football, Hold the Stuffing

    Charles P. Pierce

    November 26, 2008

Historical Examples of grammar school

  • At nine, he had learned to know many things not listed at grammar-school.

    A Warwickshire Lad

    George Madden Martin

  • Their school caps showed them to be two boys of the grammar-school.

    Change in the Village

    (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt

  • Yes; his father is something in London, and he goes to the grammar-school.

    Brownsmith's Boy

    George Manville Fenn

  • We also hear that there was a grammar-school attached to it, one of Henry VI.

    Holborn and Bloomsbury

    Sir Walter Besant

  • I will just love to help him so long as he's at the grammar-school.


    Neil Munro

British Dictionary definitions for grammar school

grammar school


British (esp formerly) a state-maintained secondary school providing an education with an academic bias for children who are selected by the eleven-plus examination, teachers' reports, or other meansCompare secondary modern school, comprehensive school
US another term for elementary school
Australian a private school, esp one controlled by a church
NZ a secondary school forming part of the public education system
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