grammar school

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From Middle English gramere scole.


grammar school (plural grammar schools)

  1. (archaic) A school that teaches its pupils the grammar system of a European language, especially Latin and Greek.
  2. (chiefly UK) A secondary school that stresses academic over practical or vocational education, until recent times open to those pupils who had passed the 11-plus examination.
    • 2022 October 5, Stephen Roberts, “Bradshaw's Britain: Reading to Southampton: Frome”, in RAIL, number 967, page 56:
      Bradshaw eulogises again about "considerable manufactures of woollen cloth", plus the "excellent grammar school, founded by Edward VI".
  3. (US, rare, regional) Elementary school.

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