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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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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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