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Sunday school

a school, now usually in connection with a church, for religious instruction on Sunday.
the members of such a school.
Also called Sabbath school.
Origin of Sunday school
1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • What four reasons are named why the sunday-school teacher should receive training?

  • Sunday morning, after sunday-school, there was a sudden quickening among the boys.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • She asked him to take her to the sunday-school picnic, and asked him what he liked best for her to put in for him.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Every child in the sunday-school was to get a bag of candy and an orange, and there were going to be "exercises."

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • She wanted to have the music, so we might have it for one of our sunday-school hymns.

    Bessie and Her Friends Joanna H. (Joanna Hooe) Mathews
  • I could almost believe I was in a sunday-school class, grinned Bobby.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
  • In the afternoon this holy man addressed about four hundred sunday-school children, after which I spoke a few words to them.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • I have never been in sunday-school, you see; not since I was a little girl.

    The Chautauqua Girls At Home Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
  • All in vain: Sydney was not fated to die early or figure as a young saint in a sunday-school memoir.

  • She had been to church twice, and to sunday-school at noon, without any lunch, too.

    The Chautauqua Girls At Home Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
British Dictionary definitions for sunday-school

Sunday school

  1. a school for the religious instruction of children on Sundays, usually held in a church hall and formerly also providing secular education
  2. (as modifier): a Sunday-school outing
the members of such a school
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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