preparatory school


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.

Nearby words

  1. preparation,
  2. preparative,
  3. preparatively,
  4. preparator,
  5. preparatory,
  6. prepare,
  7. prepared,
  8. prepared piano,
  9. preparedness,
  10. preparental

Origin of preparatory school

First recorded in 1815–25

Also called prep school. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for preparatory school

  • One year I passed in the preparatory-school of the missionary-house, and four years in the seminary itself.

    Some Jewish Witnesses For Christ|Rev. A. Bernstein, B.D.

British Dictionary definitions for preparatory school

preparatory school


(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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