private school


a school founded, conducted, and maintained by a private group rather than by the government, usually charging tuition and often following a particular philosophy, viewpoint, etc.

Origin of private school

First recorded in 1820–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for private school

Contemporary Examples of private school

  • And he is a reformer, having successfully pushed through a statewide flat tax, business incentives, and private-school vouchers.

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    The GOP's New 2012 Game Changer

    Mark McKinnon

    June 17, 2011

  • It was because of these outrageous experiences that I decided to base my first novel in the private-school world of Los Angeles.

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    The West Coast Gossip Girl

    Isabel Kaplan

    July 1, 2009

  • Her private-school classmates were reading Dr. Seuss in kindergarten.

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    How Science Screwed My Kids

    Grace Poole

    April 1, 2009

Historical Examples of private school

British Dictionary definitions for private school

private school


a school under the financial and managerial control of a private body or charitable trust, accepting mostly fee-paying pupils
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