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public school

noun
1.
(in the U.S.) a school that is maintained at public expense for the education of the children of a community or district and that constitutes a part of a system of free public education commonly including primary and secondary schools.
2.
(in England) any of a number of endowed secondary boarding schools that prepare students chiefly for the universities or for public service.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80
Related forms
public-school, adjective
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  • The public school system cut funding for the arts drastically.
  • We've all read about the decline of our nation's public school systems and the various initiatives to change them.
  • It's obvious that you are asleep at the wheel and are educated by the public school system.
  • When the public school course was finally finished, they wanted more costly dresses, more costly hats and shoes.
  • But the truth is, of course, that the public school accomplishes no such magic.
  • Emily seems to be a prime example of our public school alumni.
  • Describes the commodity program and federal funding for public school lunches.
  • On school days, kids horse around outside of both the public school and the neighboring yeshiva on wide, calm streets.
  • Discusses the city's high crime rate, poor public services, and abysmal public school system.
  • The narrator has picked out a new apartment, where they've never had a shooting and the public school is great.
British Dictionary definitions for public school

public school

noun
1.
(in England and Wales) a private independent fee-paying secondary school
2.
(in the US) any school that is part of a free local educational system
3.
in certin Canadian provinces, a public elementray school as distinguished from a separate school
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