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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 of public school
1570-1580
1570-80
Related forms
public-school, adjective
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  • Well, clearly, if the public-school men hold back, the others will not follow.

  • So to Bolsover dear Benjamin goes, and becomes a public-school boy.

    A Dog with a Bad Name Talbot Baines Reed
  • "I don't think you know, though, that I'm a public-school man," he said.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • Here the public-school meal, at the expense of the municipality, has been introduced.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • Before I was aware of it, and without his definitely stating the fact, I was treating him as a public-school man.

    Aliens William McFee
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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