finishing school

noun

Definition of finishing school

: a private school for girls that emphasizes cultural studies and prepares students especially for social activities

Examples of finishing school in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, Jin works at the Sacramento and Mission Street locations with his dad while also finding time to finish school. Mackenzie Fegan, SFChronicle.com, "Three generations at work in Henry’s Hunan restaurants in San Francisco," 22 Jan. 2020 After finishing school, Gapski took a job with UIC and spent five years teaching classes and working as a trainer for the athletic department. Jimmy Greenfield, chicagotribune.com, "Mike Gapski, the NHL’s longest-tenured trainer, will work his 2,500th Blackhawks game tomorrow. And the lifelong Chicagoan shows no signs of slowing down.," 11 Dec. 2019 Campus life seemed closer to a finishing school than to an institution of learning. Washington Post, "Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88," 7 Aug. 2019 Campus life seemed closer to a finishing school than to an institution of learning. Washington Post, "Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88," 7 Aug. 2019 Campus life seemed closer to a finishing school than to an institution of learning. Hillel Italie, The Christian Science Monitor, "Author Toni Morrison remembered for her 'visionary force'," 6 Aug. 2019 Campus life seemed closer to a finishing school than to an institution of learning. Hillel Italie, chicagotribune.com, "Toni Morrison, Nobel laureate and author of ‘Beloved,’ dead at 88," 6 Aug. 2019 Al-Baghdadi’s finishing school in radicalism was unwittingly provided by the U.S. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Is Dead. Where Does That Leave ISIS?," 29 Oct. 2019 Elena Velez has designed clothes for Arianna Grande, Halsey and Solange even before finishing school. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Milwaukee native has designed clothes for Arianna Grande, Halsey and Solange even before finishing school," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of finishing school

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Finishing school.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/finishing%20school. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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finishing school

noun

English Language Learners Definition of finishing school

: a private school where girls from wealthy families are taught proper behavior and manners

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