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grammar school

an elementary school.
British. a secondary school corresponding to a U.S. high school.
(formerly) a secondary school in which Latin and Greek are among the principal subjects taught.
Origin of grammar school
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • No, he was to pass his examination for the grammar-school: Van der Welcke wanted him to go to one of the universities, later.

    Small Souls Louis Couperus
  • At nine, he had learned to know many things not listed at grammar-school.

    A Warwickshire Lad George Madden Martin
  • She only knew one grammar-school boy, who smiled from ear to ear and blushed with delight on seeing her.

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
  • We also hear that there was a grammar-school attached to it, one of Henry VI.

    Holborn and Bloomsbury Sir Walter Besant
  • He was soon attending a grammar-school at Elizabeth, New Jersey.

    Famous American Statesmen Sarah Knowles Bolton
  • I will just love to help him so long as he's at the grammar-school.

    Bud Neil Munro
  • The town contains a thriving and industrious population of nearly two thousand: it has a grammar-school, a town-hall, and a jail.

  • But seven years are usually spent at the grammar-school by those who are sent to it.

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • "Don't," said the grammar-school teacher again, but in the littlest voice he had ever heard from her lips.

    Angela's Business Henry Sydnor Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for grammar-school

grammar school

(Brit) (esp formerly) a state-maintained secondary school providing an education with an academic bias for children who are selected by the eleven-plus examination, teachers' reports, or other means Compare secondary modern school, comprehensive school
(US) another term for elementary school
(Austral) a private school, esp one controlled by a church
(NZ) a secondary school forming part of the public education system
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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