|(in France, and formerly England, the US, and Canada) a school or institution for training teachers|
|[C19: from French École Normale: the first French school so named was intended as a model for similar institutions]|
institution for the training of teachers. One of the first schools so named, the Ecole Normale Superieure ("Normal Superior School"), was established in Paris in 1794. Based on various German exemplars, the school was intended to serve as a model for other teacher-training schools. Later it became affiliated with the University of Paris.
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