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private school

noun
1.
a school founded, conducted, and maintained by a private group rather than by the government, usually charging tuition and often following a particular philosophy, viewpoint, etc.
Origin of private school
1820-1830
1820-30
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  • "But they might not like to leave the private school they are now attending," he continued, his face falling.

  • I am eleven years old, and I have been to a private school two years.

  • It was all right at your private school, but it's a bit infantile for fellows of our age.

    Abington Abbey Archibald Marshall
  • I went to a private school there, of, perhaps, twenty girls.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • Oh, she was out last year, at a private school, but she is coming back.

    Betty Lee, Sophomore David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
British Dictionary definitions for private school

private school

noun
1.
a school under the financial and managerial control of a private body or charitable trust, accepting mostly fee-paying pupils
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