Try Our Apps


What is the origin of "February"?

preparatory school

a private or parochial secondary school, especially one boarding its students and providing a college-preparatory education.
British. a private elementary school, especially one preparing its students for public school.
Also called prep school.
Origin of preparatory school
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for preparatory-school
Historical Examples
  • One year I passed in the preparatory-school of the missionary-house, and four years in the seminary itself.

    Some Jewish Witnesses For Christ Rev. A. Bernstein, B.D.
British Dictionary definitions for preparatory-school

preparatory school

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

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for preparatory

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for preparatory-school