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charity school

noun, U.S. History
an elementary school, usually funded by charitable persons or organizations, for those unable to pay: a forerunner of the public-school system.
Origin of charity school
1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This mystery was apparently written in the eighteenth century, for representation by a charity-school.

  • No one could expect much from a charity-school in the fifteenth century.

  • You are not well at all: youre as pale and peaked as a charity-school girl!

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
  • Then, on the other side of my bed, I saw an open cloister, and presently I saw that it was lined with charity-school children.

    Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • You saved me from the workhouse; you would not even let me go to the charity-school that Mrs. Rumbold recommended.

    A Life Sentence Adeline Sergeant
  • Charlotte was ready to throw her energies into any active scheme, hospital or picnic, charity-school or kettle-drum.

    Richard Vandermarck Miriam Coles Harris
  • These girls had been taken from the workhouses and educated at a charity-school, and would by and by be apprenticed as servants.

  • No charity-school children sang over his grave when the former lord of Borreby was laid in the cold earth!

    The Sand-Hills of Jutland Hans Christian Andersen
  • It is now a charity-school, a lighthouse, and a life-saving station.

  • But the thing which made the deepest impression on Annie was a visit to a charity-school at the old convent of San Antonio.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag, Vol. 5 Louisa M. Alcott

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