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preparatory school

noun
1.
a private or parochial secondary school, especially one boarding its students and providing a college-preparatory education.
2.
British. a private elementary school, especially one preparing its students for public school.
Also called prep school.
Origin of preparatory school
1815-1825
1815-25
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  • At preparatory school it had won him the name of Little Goldie, a title which still clung to him among his acquaintances.

    The Arrival of Jimpson Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Having been graduated from a preparatory school you may be exempt.

    Grace Harlowe's Problem Jessie Graham Flower
  • Besides, to boys like yours this would be only a preparatory school.

    Magnum Bonum Charlotte M. Yonge
  • He's ever so much stronger and has gone to a preparatory school.

  • Later, from the preparatory school, which fitted for the continuation school proper, grew up the technical continuation school.

  • Well, then, at the age of ten he goes to a preparatory school.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • At the age of twelve, William, at a preparatory school which he hated, was bidden to write an essay on the subject of war.

    Here and Hereafter Barry Pain
  • In the second place he wouldnt be allowed to wear it in a preparatory school.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Of course, this preparatory school teaching was only temporary with him.

    Princeton Stories Jesse Lynch Williams
British Dictionary definitions for preparatory school

preparatory school

noun
1.
(in Britain) a private school, usually single-sex and for children between the ages of 6 and 13, generally preparing pupils for public school
2.
(in the US) a private secondary school preparing pupils for college
Often shortened to prep school
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