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noun

a private or parochial secondary school, especially one boarding its students and providing a college-preparatory education.
British. a private elementary school, especially one preparing its students for public school.

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Also called prep school.

Origin of preparatory school

First recorded in 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for preparatory school

preparatory school

noun

(in Britain) a private school, usually single-sex and for children between the ages of 6 and 13, generally preparing pupils for public school
(in the US) a private secondary school preparing pupils for college
Often shortened to: prep school
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