Sunday school

  1. a school, now usually in connection with a church, for religious instruction on Sunday.
  2. the members of such a school.

Origin of Sunday school

First recorded in 1775–85
Also called Sabbath school. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sunday school

Historical Examples of 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)

  • Would a Sunday-school picnic constitute a bribe worth mentioning?

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • "I can't come to Sunday-school, to-day," called Dorcas, stridently.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Her Sunday-school class had never been so tiresome nor so soaked in hair-oil.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for sunday school

Sunday school

    1. a school for the religious instruction of children on Sundays, usually held in a church hall and formerly also providing secular education
    2. (as modifier)a Sunday-school outing
  1. the members of such a school
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