preparatory school
noun Date: 1822 1. a usually private school preparing students primarily for college 2. British a private elementary school preparing students primarily for British public schools

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  • Preparatory school — or prep school may refer to:*University preparatory school, a school in North America that is a private secondary school, typically charging high fees, designed to prepare students aged 14 18 for higher education at a university or college.… …   Wikipedia

  • preparatory school — preparatory schools N VAR A preparatory school is the same as a prep school. [BRIT] …   English dictionary

  • preparatory school — ► NOUN 1) Brit. a private school for pupils between the ages of seven and thirteen. 2) N. Amer. a private school that prepares pupils for college or university …   English terms dictionary

  • preparatory school — n. a private secondary school for preparing students to enter college …   English World dictionary

  • preparatory school — 1. a private or parochial secondary school, esp. one boarding its students and providing a college preparatory education. 2. Brit. a private elementary school, esp. one preparing its students for public school. Also called prep school. [1815 25]… …   Universalium

  • preparatory school — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms preparatory school : singular preparatory school plural preparatory schools formal a prep school …   English dictionary

  • preparatory school — school that prepares its students to enter college …   English contemporary dictionary

  • preparatory school — prepar′atory school n. 1) edu a private secondary school providing a college preparatory education 2) edu brit. brit. a private elementary school …   From formal English to slang

  • preparatory school — Synonyms and related words: Gymnasium, Latin school, Realgymnasium, Realschule, academy, grammar school, high, high school, intermediate school, junior high, junior high school, middle school, prep school, public school, secondary school,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • preparatory school — /prəˈpærətri skul / (say pruh paruhtree skoohl) noun 1. (in Australia and the UK) a private school, often boarding, for pupils under about 13 years of age, before entering a private secondary school. 2. (in the US) a school, usually independent,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • preparatory school — noun a private secondary school (Freq. 2) • Syn: ↑prep school • Hypernyms: ↑secondary school, ↑lyceum, ↑lycee, ↑Gymnasium, ↑middle school …   Useful english dictionary

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