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:
1570–80

public-school, adjective
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public school
 
n
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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Example sentences
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.
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