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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
1815-1825
1815-25
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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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