public school
noun Date: 1580 1. an endowed secondary boarding school in Great Britain offering a classical curriculum and preparation for the universities or public service 2. a free tax-supported school controlled by a local governmental authority

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  • public school — public school, adj. 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… …   Universalium

  • Public school — (Royaume Uni) En Angleterre et au Pays de Galles, le terme Public School désigne une école privée dont le recrutement n’est pas limité par des restrictions géographiques ni religieuses, mais par des frais généralement très élevés. En général, le… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • public school — public schools 1) N VAR In Britain, a public school is a private school that provides secondary education which parents have to pay for. The pupils often live at the school during the school term. He was headmaster of a public school in the West… …   English dictionary

  • Public School —   [ pʌblɪk skuːl; englisch »öffentliche Schule«] die, / s, 1) in England traditionsreiche Privatschule der Sekundarstufe (13. 18. Lebensjahr) mit angeschlossenem Internationalem Public Schools besitzen meist ein größeres Vermögen und erhalten… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Public school — (a) In Great Britain, any of various schools maintained by the community, wholly or partly under public control, or maintained largely by endowment and not carried on chiefly for profit; specif., and commonly, any of various select and usually… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • public school — [pœblikskul; pyblikskul] n. f. ÉTYM. 1894, Lavisse et Rambaud; mot angl. (v. 1580), de public, et school « école ». ❖ ♦ En Grande Bretagne, École secondaire payante (souvent réservée aux classes supérieures) qui prépare à l Université. REM. L… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • public school — n 1.) in Britain, a private school for children aged between 13 and 18, whose parents pay for their education. The children often live at the school while they are studying →↑state school 2.) a free local school, especially in the US and Scotland …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • public school — ► NOUN 1) (in the UK) a private fee paying secondary school. 2) (chiefly in North America) a school supported by public funds …   English terms dictionary

  • public school — n. ☆ 1. in the U.S., an elementary or secondary school that is part of a system of free schools maintained by public taxes and supervised by local authorities 2. in much of Great Britain, any of a number of endowed, private boarding schools,… …   English World dictionary

  • public school — noun count or uncount ** 1. ) AMERICAN a school that is controlled and paid for by the government 2. ) BRITISH an expensive private school where students usually live as well as study …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Public school — The term public school has two distinct (and virtually opposite) meanings depending on the location of usage: * in the United States, Australia and Canada: A school funded from tax revenue and most commonly administered to some degree by… …   Wikipedia

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