high school


a school attended after elementary school or junior high school and usually consisting of grades 9 or 10 through 12.

Origin of high school

First recorded in 1815–25
Related formshigh-school, adjectivehigh schooler, noun
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  • They amused her the whole way home with tales of High-school warfare.


    Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)

  • Say, let us send one of the high-school boys into the box for you!

  • So the cries ran on among the high-school scholars and their friends.

    The Rover Boys Under Canvas

    Arthur M. Winfield

  • But the high-school was too far away for the majority of the boys to think about.

  • "I played in 'The Rivals' at the high-school graduation," she confessed.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche

British Dictionary definitions for high school

high school


British another term for grammar school
US and NZ a secondary school from grade 7 to grade 12
Canadian a secondary school, the grades covered depending on the province
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