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normal school

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

First recorded in 1825–35
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Historical Examples of normal school

  • Such, then, in brief, are some of our normal-school attributes.

    Appletons' Popular Science Monthly, February 1899


  • Gentlemen to whom it falls to deliver annually Normal-school addresses would do well to take a lesson from them.

  • A normal-school pupil, Mr. Holmesland, had the arithmetic class that morning.

British Dictionary definitions for normal school

Normal School

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