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public school

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noun
  1. (in the U.S.) a school that is maintained at public expense for the education of the children of a community or district and that constitutes a part of a system of free public education commonly including primary and secondary schools.
  2. (in England) any of a number of endowed secondary boarding schools that prepare students chiefly for the universities or for public service.
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Origin of public school

First recorded in 1570–80
Related formspub·lic-school, adjective
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  • "I don't think you know, though, that I'm a public-school man," he said.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • So to Bolsover dear Benjamin goes, and becomes a public-school boy.

    A Dog with a Bad Name

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • But then we should not be too severe upon the public-school graduate.

    The Behavior of Crowds

    Everett Dean Martin

  • Here the public-school meal, at the expense of the municipality, has been introduced.

  • He could forget the years of public-school life in the England he had left.


British Dictionary definitions for public school

public school

noun
  1. (in England and Wales) a private independent fee-paying secondary school
  2. (in the US) any school that is part of a free local educational system
  3. in certin Canadian provinces, a public elementray school as distinguished from a separate school
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