Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably

finishing school

a private school, usually at the high-school or junior-college level, that teaches young women social graces and prepares them for life in society.
Origin of finishing school
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for finishing-school
Historical Examples
  • De la B. is a trained diplomat, and these months of his "Interinato" have been a "finishing-school" indeed.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • By this time Julia had grown up and was beginning at finishing-school.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • I did not seek in a wife the accomplishments of a finishing-school teacher.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She had not learned that sort of French in her finishing-school.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • When father and mother come back I shall be only sixteen; it will be time enough then to go to a finishing-school.

  • The finishing-school was brandished again, but, after a private consultation on finance, put aside by the rector and Mrs. Hutting.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • The maid mentally pronounced that Louise's finishing-school French was almost intelligible to one understanding that language.

    The Eddy Clarence L. Cullen
British Dictionary definitions for finishing-school

finishing school

a private school for girls that prepares them for society by teaching social graces and accomplishments
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for finishing school

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for finishing

Scrabble Words With Friends