- a school, now usually in connection with a church, for religious instruction on Sunday.
- the members of such a school.
Origin of Sunday school
First recorded in 1775–85
Also called Sabbath school.
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Examples from the Web for sunday school
If it hadn't been in Sunday-school, I would 'a' judged it was a lie; and outside I was certain of it.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
"I can't come to Sunday-school, to-day," called Dorcas, stridently.
Would a Sunday-school picnic constitute a bribe worth mentioning?
Her Sunday-school class had never been so tiresome nor so soaked in hair-oil.The Incomplete Amorist
John also had formed it 339 into a Sunday-school and was greatly delighted with the work.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
- a school for the religious instruction of children on Sundays, usually held in a church hall and formerly also providing secular education
- (as modifier)a Sunday-school outing
- the members of such a school