common school

noun

Definition of common school

: a free public school

Examples of common school in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Students wear masks in class, on the bus and in common school spaces. USA Today, 11 Sep. 2020 Bolles quoted the Arizona Constitution that mandated the legislature to provide a system of common schools for all pupils. Richard Ruelas, AZCentral.com, 30 Dec. 2019 Another big chunk comes from natural gas utilities – money that may be restricted to the common school fund. oregonlive.com, 21 June 2019 Gedge filed a lawsuit in February 2016 in Marion Superior Court charging the IMPD and prosecutors with violating the Indiana Constitution by not forwarding forfeiture funds to the common school fund. Fatima Hussein, Indianapolis Star, 4 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of common school

1503, in the meaning defined above

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“Common school.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/common%20school. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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