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[lee-sey] /liˈseɪ/
noun, plural lycées
[lee-seyz; French lee-sey] /liˈseɪz; French liˈseɪ/ (Show IPA)
a secondary school, especially in France, maintained by the government.
1860-65; < French < Latin lycēum lyceum Unabridged
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/lise; English ˈliːseɪ/
noun (pl) lycées (lise; English) (ˈliːseɪz)
a secondary school
Word Origin
C19: French, from Latin: Lyceum
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in France, an upper-level secondary school preparing pupils for the baccalaureat (the degree required for university admission). The first lycee was established in 1801, under the educational reforms of Napoleon Bonaparte. Lycees formerly enrolled the nation's most talented students in a course of instruction lasting seven years. These lycees were divided into three types having different areas of specialization: classical studies, modern studies, and scientific-technological studies

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