normal school



(formerly) a school offering a two-year course and certification to high-school graduates preparing to be teachers, especially elementary-school teachers.

Origin of normal school

First recorded in 1825–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Normal School


(in France, and formerly England, the US, and Canada) a school or institution for training teachers

Word Origin for Normal School

C19: from French École Normale: the first French school so named was intended as a model for similar institutions
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