Definitions for public school
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(in the U.S.) a school, usu. for primary or secondary grades, that is maintained at public expense.
(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:
a tuition free school in the United States supported by taxes and controlled by a school board
private independent secondary school in Great Britain supported by endowment and tuition
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
public school(noun)ˈpʌb lɪk li
in the U.S., a school paid for by the government
90% of the kids in this area go to public school.
public schoolˈpʌb lɪk li
in the U.K., a private school
public school children
A fee-charging private or independent school.
A publicly administered school.
Origin: From public (in the English sense, "open to all members of a community"; in the North American/Australian sense, "carried out or funded by the state on behalf of the people") + school.
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