Definitions for public school

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pub′lic school`(n.)

  1. (in the U.S.) a school, usu. for primary or secondary grades, that is maintained at public expense.

    Category: Education

  2. (in England) any of a number of endowed secondary boarding schools that prepare students chiefly for the universities or for public service.

    Category: Education

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. public school(noun)

    a tuition free school in the United States supported by taxes and controlled by a school board

  2. public school(noun)

    private independent secondary school in Great Britain supported by endowment and tuition

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. 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.

  2. public schoolˈpʌb lɪk li

    in the U.K., a private school

    public school children


  1. public school(Noun)

    A fee-charging private or independent school.

  2. public school(Noun)

    A publicly administered school.

  3. 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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